A Mathematician Grappling with His Century and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
  • List Price: $69.95
  • Save: $13.99 (20%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
A Mathematician Grappling... has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.06
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Mathematician Grappling with His Century Paperback – March 23, 2001

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$50.85 $39.95
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

New & Notable in Biography & Memoir
Browse a selection of popular biographies and memoirs.
$55.96 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Birkhäuser; 2001 edition (March 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3764360526
  • ISBN-13: 978-3764360528
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Laurent Schwartz is a strategist of ideas, within mathematics and without. He is a great communicator who has drawn huge audiences and conveyed to them the fragrance of research, or the joy of teaching, or the value of freedom. His is a mind whose company is never dull. He belongs to the great libertarian tradition of France. And his book has the very French characteristic of giving serious consideration to the life of the intellect. No man’s life can be encompassed in one telling, yet the spirit of the man and his times are well caught in his autobiography."

—Notices of the AMS (on the French edition)

"The chapters of Laurent Schwartz's autobiography are . . . filled with rich descriptions of events and the 'players.' His development as a mathematician and active member of the international mathematical community was a fascinating journey, aptly conveyed with a writing style that really gives the reader the feel of a fellow traveler."

—MAA Online (on the English edition)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jbeuh" on October 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is as fascinating to anyone interested in mathematics as any other mathematician's biography, with the extra asset of his life being deeply imbedded in 20th century history. While it gives a most interesting account of the French and international mathematical world during the second half of the century (especially on Bourbaki and, of course, on the distributions), it also tales the story of a "committed" (formerly trotskist) intellectual who valued his struggle for decolonization as high as his mathematical work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
A Mathematician Grappling with His Century
This item: A Mathematician Grappling with His Century
Price: $69.95 $55.96
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com