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Title Mathematical conversations : selections from The mathematical intelligencer / compiled by Robin Wilson, Jeremy Gray.
Imprint New York : Springer, [2001]

Subject Mathematics.
Alt Name Wilson, Robin J.
Gray, Jeremy, 1947-
Alternate Title Mathematical intelligencer.
Description vii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0387986863 (acid-free paper)
OCLC # 40331113
Table of Contents
1An Interview with Michael Atiyah / Robert Minio9
2On the Steps of Moscow University / Steve Smale23
3An Interview with Jean-Pierre Serre / C. T. Chong, Y. K. Leong32
4Mathematical Anecdotes / Steven G. Krantz39
5My Collaboration with Julia Robinson / Yuri Mitijasevich49
6C. N. Yang and Contemporary Mathematics / D. Z. Zhang61
7The Proof of the Mordell Conjecture / Spencer Bloch77
8Adventures in Arithmetick, or: How to Make Good Use of a Fourier Transform / R. C. Vaughan87
9Solving Polynomial Systems / Tien-Yien Li102
10Artin's Conjecture for Primitive Roots / M. Ram Murty113
11Representation Theory of Finite Groups: From Frobenius to Brauer / Charles W. Curtis128
12Quaternionic Determinants / Helmer Aslaksen142
13The Surfaces of Delaunay / James Eells159
14The Banach-Tarski Theorem / Robert M. French166
15Painleve's Conjecture / Florin N. Diacu175
16A Geometrization of Lebesgue's Space-Filling Curve / Hans Sagan185
17Sophus Lie and Harmony in Mathematical Physics, on the 150th Anniversary of His Birth / Nail H. Ibragimov192
18The Missing Link / Felipe Acker207
19Yeast Oscillations, Belousov-Zhabotinsky Waves, and the Nonretraction Theorem / Steven Strogatz219
20Strings / Yu. I. Manin229
21Integrability in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics: Solitons / S. P. Novikov238
22On Newton's Problem of Minimal Resistance / Giuseppe Buttazzo, Bernhard Kawohl250
23If Hamilton Had Prevailed: Quaternions in Physics / J. Lambek259
24On the Probleme des Menages / Jacques Dutka277
25Quasicrystals: The View from Les Houches / Marjorie Senechal, Jean Taylor288
26Celtic Knotwork: Mathematical Art / Peter R. Cromwell302
27The Sacred Cut Revisited: The Pavement of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Florence / Kim Williams315
28Symmetrical Combinations of Three or Four Hollow Triangles / H. S. M. Coxeter323
29Instantons and the Topology of 4-Manifolds / Ronald J. Stern333
30The Computer-Aided Discovery of New Embedded Minimal Surfaces / David Hoffman342
31What Is the Difference between a Parabola and a Hyperbola? / Shreeram S. Abhyankar360
32How to Build Minimal Polyhedral Models of the Boy Surface / Ulrich Brehm374
33Recent Developments in Braid and Link Theory / Joan S. Birman381
34Hyperbolic Geometry and Spaces of Riemann Surfaces / Linda Keen393
35Kurt Godel in Sharper Focus / John W. Dawson, Jr.407
36Who Would Have Won the Fields Medals a Hundred Years Ago? / Jeremy Gray418
37The Last 100 Days of the Bieberbach Conjecture / O. M. Fomenko, G. V. Kuz'mina429
38A Little-Known Chapter in the History of German Mathematics / Walter Kaufmann-Buhler442
39The War of the Frogs and the Mice, or the Crisis of the Mathematische Annalen / D. van Dalen445
40Hilbert's Problems and Their Sequels / Jean-Michel Kantor466
 Index of Names483