The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers

The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers

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by Ben Yandell, Benjamin Yandell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1568811411

ISBN-13: 9781568811413

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This eminently readable book focuses on the people of mathematics and draws the reader into their fascinating world. In a monumental address, given to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900, David Hilbert, perhaps the most respected mathematician of his time, developed a blueprint for mathematical research in the new century. Jokingly called a…  See more details below

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This eminently readable book focuses on the people of mathematics and draws the reader into their fascinating world. In a monumental address, given to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900, David Hilbert, perhaps the most respected mathematician of his time, developed a blueprint for mathematical research in the new century. Jokingly called a natural introduction to thesis writing with examples, this collection of problems has indeed become a guiding inspiration to many mathematicians, and those who succeeded in solving or advancing their solutions form an Honors Class among research mathematicians of this century. In a remarkable labor of love and with the support of many of the major players in the field, Ben Yandell has written a fascinating account of the achievements of this Honors Class, covering mathematical substance and biographical aspects.

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ISBN-13:
9781568811413
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Pages:
506
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Fascinating historical comments, lively portraits of mathematicians, and their times. While the narrative is about the lives of some great mathematicians, it sucessfully outlines main ideas in the subject,--the personal and scientific context. The author does a great job in sharing his fascination with the rest of us. The book covers roughly the past hundred years. It is a great service to the mathematics community,-- and especially, it is an enjoyment for everyone. It reads like a novel, fast paced, and it is hard to put down. I meant to look at it before going to sleep, but instead read it to the end, finishing in the morning. As a professional mathematician, I am often saddened by how little our work is perhaps understood and appreciated. Books like this can do a lot of good. I can now tell my children that dad does stuff like that. The author brings the events and the mathematical people to life, and he has a story to tell. This book is and will be a success for a long time to come.