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Title Mathematical lives : protagonists of the twentieth century from Hilbert to Wiles / Claudio Bartocci [and others], editors ; translated by Kim Williams.
Imprint Berlin ; Heidelberg : Springer, 2011.

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Subject Mathematicians -- Biography.
Alt Name Bartocci, C. (Claudio), 1962-
Uniform Title Vite matematiche. English.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 238 pages) : illustrations (some color), portraits
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Hilbert's problems -- The way we were. Guido Castelnuovo; Federigo Enriques; Francesco Severi -- Verlaine and Poincare -- Bertrand Russell -- Godfrey H. Hardy -- Emmy Noether -- Carciopholus Romanus -- Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac -- The theoretical intelligence and the practical vision of John von Neumann -- Kurt Godel -- Hommage A Godel -- Robert Musil -- The life, death and miracles of Alan Mathison Turing -- Renato Caccioppoli -- Bruno de Finetti -- A committed mathematician -- Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov -- Bourbaki -- Writing and mathematics in the work of Raymond Queneau -- John F. Nash, Jr. -- Ennio De Giorgi -- Laurent Schwartz -- Rene Thom -- J.L. Borges, the dream (El sueno) -- Alexander Grothendieck: enthusiasm and creativity -- Gian-Carlo Rota -- Michael F. Atiyah -- Vladimir Igorevich Arnold -- Enrico Bombieri -- Martin Gardner -- Le Corbusier's door of miracles -- F. William Lawvere -- Andrew Wiles -- Mathematical prizes. The Fields medal -- The Abel prize.
Summary Steps forward in mathematics often reverberate in other scientific disciplines, and give rise to innovative conceptual developments or find surprising technological applications. This volume brings to the forefront some of the proponents of the mathematics of the twentieth century, who have put at our disposal new and powerful instruments for investigating the reality around us. The portraits present people who have impressive charisma and wide-ranging cultural interests, who are passionate about defending the importance of their own research, are sensitive to beauty, and attentive to the social and political problems of their times. What we have sought to document is mathematics' central position in the culture of our day. Space has been made not only for the great mathematicians but also for literary texts, including contributions by two apparent interlopers, Robert Musil and Raymond Queneau, for whom mathematical concepts represented a valuable tool for resolving the struggle between 'soul and precision.'.
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ISBN 9783642136061 (electronic bk.)
3642136060 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 682907521
Additional Format Print version: Vite matematiche. English. Mathematical lives. Heidelberg [Germany] ; New York : Springer, 2011 9783642136054 (DLC) 2010935446 (OCoLC)646114251

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