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Poincare and Hadamard for the 21st century,
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This review is from: The Mathematician's Brain: A Personal Tour Through the Essentials of Mathematics and Some of the Great Minds Behind Them (Hardcover)David Ruelle continues the venerable French tradition of great mathematicians and
scientists writing for the general educated public about their craft, and about
the deeper meanings of it. Especially intriguing are Ruelle's insights into
mathematicians' minds, and his balanced view of platonism vs. the contingency of
history and the human brain.
Ruelle mentions that, with very few exceptions, great scientists are not great writers, and he states Henri Poincare as a notable counterexample. I would add that
Ruelle himself is even a better specimen of a great mathematician and a great writer.