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  • Perfect Figuresby Bunny Crumpacker

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 8.99

    An intoxicating trip through the history, the poetry, and the surprising secret meanings of numbers more...

  • Creative Minds, Charmed Livesby Yu Kiang Leong

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2010; US$ 101.00

    This book features interviews of 38 eminent mathematicians and mathematical scientists who were invited to participate in the programs of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore. Originally published in its newsletter "Imprints" from 2003 to 2009, these interviews give a fascinating and insightful glimpse... more...

  • Lewis Carroll in Numberlandby Robin Wilson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    Lewis Carroll's books have delighted children and adults for generations, but behind their exuberant fantasy and delightful nonsense was the mind of a brilliant mathematician. Now his forgotten achievements in the world of numbers are brought to light by acclaimed author and mathematician Robin Wilson. Here he explores the curious imagination... more...

  • The Poincaré Conjectureby Donal O'Shea

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; Not Available

    The Poincaré Conjecture tells the story behind one of the world?s most confounding mathematical theories. Formulated in 1904 by Henri Poincaré, his Conjecture promised to describe the very shape of the universe, but remained unproved until a huge prize was offered for its solution in 2000. Six years later, an eccentric Russian mathematician had... more...

  • The Artist and the Mathematicianby Amir D. Aczel

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 14.95

    Nicolas Bourbaki, whose mathematical publications began to appear in the late 1930s and continued to be published through most of the twentieth century, was a direct product as well as a major force behind an important revolution that took place in the early decades of the twentieth century that completely changed Western culture. Pure mathematics,... more...

  • Vito Volterraby Angelo Guerraggio; Giovanni Paoloni; Kim Williams

    Springer 2012; US$ 34.95

    aiVito Volterra (1860-1940) was one of the most famous representatives of Italian science in his day. Angelo Guerragio and Giovanni Paolini analyze Volterra's most important contributions to mathematics and their applications, as well as his outstanding organizational achievements in scientific policy. Volterra was one of the founding fathers of... more...

  • The Glorious Golden Ratioby Alfred S. Posamentier; Ingmar Lehmann

    Prometheus Books 2011; US$ 12.99

    What exactly is the Golden Ratio? How was it discovered? Where is it found? These questions and more are thoroughly explained in this engaging tour of one of mathematics' most interesting phenomena. The authors  trace the appearance of the Golden Ratio throughout history, demonstrate a variety of ingenious techniques used to construct it, and illustrate... more...

  • A Mathematician and His Mathematical Workby Shiing-Shen Chern; S-.Y. Cheng

    World Scientific Publishing Company 1996; US$ 179.00

    This volume is about the life and work of Shiing-Shen Chern (1911–), one of the leading mathematicians of this century. The book contains personal accounts by some friends, together with a summary of the mathematical works by Chern himself. Besides a selection of the mathematical papers the book also contains all his papers published after 1988. more...

  • Changing Images in Mathematicsby Umberto Bottazini; Amy Dahan Dalmedico

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    This book focuses on some of the major developments in the history of contemporary (19th and 20th century) mathematics as seen in the broader context of the development of science and culture. Avoiding technicalities, it displays the breadth of contrasting images of mathematics favoured by different countries, schools and historical movements, showing... more...

  • Goldbach Conjectureby Yuan Wang; Stanley Liu

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2002; US$ 187.00

    This book provides a detailed description of a most important unsolved mathematical problem — the Goldbach conjecture. Raised in 1742 in a letter from Goldbach to Euler, this conjecture attracted the attention of many mathematical geniuses. Several great achievements were made, but only until the 1920's. The book gives an exposition of... more...