This revised and greatly expanded edition of the Russian classic contains a wealth of new information about the lives of many great mathematicians and scientists, past and present. Written by a distinguished mathematician and featuring a unique mix of mathematics, physics, and history, this text combines original source material and provides careful explanations for some of the most significant discoveries in mathematics and physics. What emerges are intriguing, multifaceted biographies that will interest readers at all levels.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 158
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 9 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 198
"This lively and entertaining book tells "tales'' of Cardano, Galileo, Huygens, Pascal, Gauss.... The reasoning of the scientists discussed is modernized so as to ease the reader's path; thus this book is not a scholarly discussion of the history of science readable only by experts, but a far more valuable work: a readable introduction to the scientific work discussed and the historical context (both scientific and social) in which it took place. Addressed to a "general audience," it deserves to have a wide one.... The author's own lucid style and accurate presentation translated into a smoothly flowing English make this book one which many, from college student to professional, will no doubt read with pleasure and learning."-Zentralblatt MATH
"The author discusses principal events in the history of science that deserve the attention of devotees of physics and mathematics. The discussion covers a time span of four centuries beginning with the sixteenth century.... The book is a lively account of the lives and achievements of scientists like Cardano, Tartaglia, Galileo, Huygens, Pascal and Gauss.... This book will be enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the history of science."-Mathematical Reviews
"[T]he work is engagingly written and will be enjoyed by those who love mathematics and physics. The rather mathematically sophisticated treatment of some sections will be heavy going for many American readers, but well worthwhile for those whose mastery of geometry and algebra is solid.... The book will be of particular interest to college students majoring in mathematics or physics and to high school students who are enthusiastic about mathematics.... Particularly suitable for the general collections of college libraries and for the libraries of superior high schools."-Choice
"[This is a] readable, informal set of biographical vignettes.... Aimed at the general reader with some background in mathematics, the book's style is to discuss the circumstances that surrounded these great scientists and to give insight into their contributions to science. The discoveries themselves are explained clearly in modern notation, without detailed heuristic discussion, which is appropriate for the casual reader; those needing more historical specificity can look elsewhere. The evolution of research and the dissemination of discoveries are followed and permit interesting comparison.... In sum, this collection is recommended, particularly for its insights."-Edward Paul, Science Books & Films
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