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Journey through Genius: Great Theorems of Mathematics

Journey through Genius: Great Theorems of Mathematics
Author: William Dunham
ISBN 13: 9780471500308
ISBN 10: 471500305
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 1990-03-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
List Price: $38.00

Praise for William Dunham s Journey Through Genius The Great Theorems of Mathematics "Dunham deftly guides the reader through the verbal and logical intricacies of major mathematical questions and proofs, conveying a splendid sense of how the greatest mathematicians from ancient to modern times presented their arguments." Ivars Peterson Author, The Mathematical Tourist Mathematics and Physics Editor, Science News

"It is mathematics presented as a series of works of art; a fascinating lingering over individual examples of ingenuity and insight. It is mathematics by lightning flash." Isaac Asimov

"It is a captivating collection of essays of major mathematical achievements brought to life by the personal and historical anecdotes which the author has skillfully woven into the text. This is a book which should find its place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in science and the scientists who create it." R. L. Graham, AT&T Bell Laboratories

"Come on a time-machine tour through 2,300 years in which Dunham drops in on some of the greatest mathematicians in history. Almost as if we chat over tea and crumpets, we get to know them and their ideas ideas that ring with eternity and that offer glimpses into the often veiled beauty of mathematics and logic. And all the while we marvel, hoping that the tour will not stop." Jearl Walker, Physics Department, Cleveland State University Author of The Flying Circus of Physics


Dunham (math, Hanover College, Indiana) explores the "masterpieces" of mathematics, seventeen landmarks spanning 2,300 years and representing ten mathematicians. He not only elucidates the theorems, but places each in the context of math at the time, and includes a biographical sketch of the mathematician. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)