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In Journey through Genius, author William Dunham strikes an extraordinary balance between the historical and technical. He devotes each chapter to a principal result of mathematics, such as the solution of the cubic series and the divergence of the harmonic series. Not only does this book tell the stories of the people behind the math, but it also includes discussions and rigorous proofs of the relevant mathematical results.
"An inspired piece of intellectual history."
Los Angeles Times
“It is mathematics presented as a series of works of art; a fascinating lingering over individual examples of ingenuity and insight. It is mathematics by lightning flash.”
— Isaac Asimov
“Dunham deftly guides the reader through the verbal and logical intricacies of major mathematical questions, conveying a splendid sense of how the greatest mathematicians from ancient to modern times presented their arguments.”
—Ivars Peterson, author of The Mathematical Tourist
A fun readable history of mathematical highlights. Even if you're not mathematically inclined, give this a read and you might find your interest peaking. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Davis
I love the historical approach to some of maths' greatest theorems. It also goes into the proofs without being too difficult to understand. Great read!Published 3 months ago by Patrick L
I just recently began teaching Math to 7th, 8th, and 10th grades. I bought this book in order to gain further insights into the history, and personalities of mathematics in order... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dadimus Max
Great book for those interested in mathematics. Goes in depth on the history and fairly deeply into theory and proof of some of the great theorems.Published 3 months ago by Patrick