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Significant Figures

The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians

Significant Figures by Ian Stewart
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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.


Basic Books; September 2017
ISBN 9780465096138
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Title: Significant Figures
Author: Ian Stewart
 
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9780465096138