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  • Perfect Paperback
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2246798825
  • ISBN-13: 978-2246798828
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jaume Puigbo Vila on January 7, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is no doubt that Dr. Villani has a great talent for mathematics and is an indefatigable worker which is normally the case for great scientists. You have to become obsessed with your subject to be extremely successful. However, when you write a book you must think what is your target audience. As having a degree in mathematics I should probably be a member of this audience. However I had to skip all technical details of the excerpts of his abstruse proofs of his theorems, since perhaps only a few specialists (a hundred worldwide?) would be able to follow them and I could only glance succintly over the numerous emails exchanges with his co-author for the same reason. Although the readers might be interested in some human aspects of the author it shows perhaps a little conceit to think that we will read various pages of all his varied musical preferences. In which way does that enrich us?

However, there are good illustrations and some very good, generally already known, anecdotes of various famous mathematicians.
Mainly for this reason and also to have an idea of what mathematicians do (although you will barely understand anything) if you are not a mathematician, the book still has some merit to be read. The French publisher did not do his work to advise Dr. Villani. I think that an American publisher would have polished the book very much. Americans, after all, are the kings of marketing.
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