The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed
  • The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed
  • The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed

The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed

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by Amir D. Aczel
     
 

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"A real-life mathematical mystery Nicolas Bourbaki was perhaps the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century. Responsible for the emergence of the "new math" that swept through American and foreign education systems in the middle of the century, Bourbaki originated the modern concept of the mathematical proof and is credited with the introduction of rigor into…  See more details below

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"A real-life mathematical mystery Nicolas Bourbaki was perhaps the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century. Responsible for the emergence of the "new math" that swept through American and foreign education systems in the middle of the century, Bourbaki originated the modern concept of the mathematical proof and is credited with the introduction of rigor into the discipline. It can be said that no working mathematician in the world today is free of the influence of Nicolas Bourbaki's seminal work." This is the story of both Bourbaki and the world that created him. And it is the story of an elaborate intellectual joke - because Bourbaki, the author of dozens of acclaimed papers and one of the foremost mathematicians of his day - never existed.

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Nicolas Bourbaki etched a name in mathematics history without ever showing his face. His papers on advanced math subjects began appearing in the mid-1930s; they soon became key documents for advocates of theory with no direct connection to the real world. In The Artist and the Mathematician, Amir Aczel (author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Mystery of the Aleph) charts the career of a mathematician so theoretical that he never existed.

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ISBN-13:
9781560259312
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.89(d)

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Amir D. Aczel, a visiting scholar in the history of science at Harvard, earned both his B.A. in mathematics and master of sciences degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives outside Boston.

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The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
drjaylee More than 1 year ago
This story is one of the most fascinating ones I've read. The problem is that Aczel didn't organize it very well. It is almost as if he rushed through the telling of it just to get it off his desk. The pace is so variable. He runs through parts of the story while others drag on forever. Some parts are detailed others have little detail. Worth a read though.