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NIELS HENRIK ABEL and his Times: Called Too Soon by Flames Afar (Paperback)
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NIELS HENRIK ABEL and his Times: Called Too Soon by Flames Afar (Paperback)

(translator), (author)
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Paperback 580 Pages / Published: 01/12/2010
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Everyone with an interest in the history of mathematics and science will enjoy reading this book on one of the most famous mathematicians of the 19th century. The author, who is both a historian and a mathematician, has written the definitive biography of Niels Henrik Abel.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783642086106
Number of pages: 580
Weight: 993 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2000


MEDIA REVIEWS

"I first read the book in the original Norwegian and found it impossible to put down. This is a truly remarkable book that takes you inside the life and passion of a mathematician. Anybody with or without a mathematical background can enjoy it."

Mathematical Reviews Issue 2001 h

"This book, originally published in 1996 in Norwegian, won the book-of-the-year prize (the Brage prize) of the Norwegian Publishers Association. It is the longest and definitive biography of Niels Henrik Abel. Now available in English, this book will be enjoyed by everyone interested in the history of science and mathematics."

B.M.Schein (Fayetteville), Zentralblatt fur Mathematik, 991.36737

"...In Niels Henrik Abel and His Times, Arild Stubhaug has given us a work of lasting value. It will serve as an indispensable source book for any one wanting to learn about Abel, particularly as we approach the Abel bicentennial conference at the University of Oslo in June 2002. ..."

O.A.Laudal, MAA Monthly, October 2001

"... It is an extremely well-written account of Abel's short life (1802-29). It compares favorably with Oystein Ore's biography..., which is highly recommendable and was until now the most complete source on Abel's life. ...The book is written in an elegant and captivating literary style that made it almost impossible for me to put it down. ...The book is beautifully illustrated wtih 51 figures. There is no doubt that this book is a great contribution to our knowledge of Abel and his time. For a historian of mathematics it presents a great improvement vis a vis Ore's book, both for its richer cultural context and because it lists the sources. ... For those who want this richer cultural context, I warmly recommend Stubhaug's new book."

Jesper Lutzen, Notices of the AMS, August 2002

" ... Along with work by some other authors, who are cited in this book, Stubhaug and Hawkins have 'done' Lie handsomely, at least for a long time to come. ..."

Reviewed by I.Grattan-Guiness, Ganita Bharati 2002, Vol. 24, Issue 1-4

"Ein mathematisches Genie, das viel zu fruh starb und das quasi erst auf dem Totenbett die Stelle angeboten bekam, die seinem Leben eine finanzielle Basis gegeben und ihm eine grosse Karriere eroeffnet hatte: Das war der norwegische Mathematiker Niels Henrik Abel (1802 - 1829). In der Mathematikgeschichte ist eine Biographie, aus der man leicht ein Film-Drehbuch machen koennte, kein Einzelfall (Galois, Ramanujan, ...), im vorliegenden Buch wird das Leben von Abel liebevoll und sehr ausfuhrlich nachgezeichnet. Man kann das Buch als erste Einfuhrung in die von Abel entwickelte Mathematik lesen. (Es gibt in dem Buch aber keine einzige Formel, wirklich schwierig wird es an keiner Stelle.) Es bietet auch die Moeglichkeit, viel Interessantes aus der europaischen, insbesondere der norwegischen Geschichte zu Beginn des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts zu erfahren. Deutschland kommt auch vor, denn hier verbrachte Abel die fur seine mathematische Entwicklung wichtigsten Jahre. Fur Abel- und Norwegen-Fans ein Muss, fur den/die Durchschnittsleser(in) vielleicht etwas zu ausfuhrlich. Das sprachliche Niveau des Englisch, das hier verwendet wird, ist recht hoch. Leserinnen und Leser, die auf der Schule nur das Allernotwendigste in dieser Sprache gelernt haben, sollten sich ein Woerterbuch bereit legen."

Rezension: Ehrhard Behrends, http://www.mathematik.de

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