Book:Eric Temple Bell/Men of Mathematics

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Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics

Published $1937$.

Subject Matter

  • History of Mathematics


I. Introduction
II. Modern Minds in Ancient Bodies: Zeno; Eudoxus; Archimedes
III. Gentleman, Soldier and Mathematician: Descartes
IV. The Prince of Amateurs: Fermat
V. "Greatness and Misery of Man": Pascal
VI. On the Seashore: Newton
VII. Master of All Trades: Leibniz
VIII. Nature or Nurture?: The Bernoullis
IX. Analysis Incarnate: Euler
X. A Lofty Pyramid: Lagrange
XI. From Peasant to Snob: Laplace
XII. Friends of an Emperor: Monge; Fourier
XIII. The Day of Glory: Poncelet
XIV. The Prince of Mathematicians: Gauss
XV. Mathematics and Windmills: Cauchy
XVI. The Copernicus of Geometry: Lobatchewsky
XVII. Genius and Poverty: Abel
XVIII. The Great Algorist: Jacobi
XIX. An Irish Tragedy: Hamilton
XX. Genius and Stupidity: Galois
XXI. Invariant Twins: Sylvester; Cayley
XXII. Master and Pupil: Weierstrass; Sonja Kovalevskaya
XXIII. Complete Independence: Boole
XXIV. The Man, Not The Method: Hermite
XXV. The Doubter: Kronecker
XXVI. Anima Candida: Riemann
XXVII. Arithmetic the Second: Kummer; Dedekind
XXVIII. The Last Universalist: Poincaré
XXIX. Paradise Lost?: Cantor

Critical View

Although inspiring many young people to take up the study of mathematics, including famously John Forbes Nash, its content is in many places fanciful to the point of fictional.