Significant Figures: The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians

Significant Figures: The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians

by Ian Stewart

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Significant Figures: The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians by Ian Stewart


A celebrated mathematician traces the history of math through the lives and work of twenty-five pioneering mathematicians


In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twenty-five great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics from Archimedes to Benoit Mandelbrot, and learn about those too often left out of the cannon, such as Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 780-850), the creator of algebra, and Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer.

Tracing the evolution of mathematics over the course of two millennia, Significant Figures will educate and delight aspiring mathematicians and experts alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465096121
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 215,448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ian Stewart is a professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick and the author of numerous books on mathematics. He has written for New Scientist and Scientific American, among other publications. Stewart lives in Coventry, United Kingdom.

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