- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 2 edition (September 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568813406
- ISBN-13: 978-1568813400
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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Mathematical People: Profiles and Interviews 2nd Edition
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book fills an existing need in that it makes the ways in which mathematicians work and mathematics progresses more understandable to the general public.
―M. Bona, CHOICE, March 2009
It is a book about people, some with a great deal of color and character and others who were much more staid in their views and life. The overall theme of the book is that in mathematics you can find people with all types of personalities, lifestyles and views of the world. In that respect it is very refreshing.
―Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, December 2008
Recognising that much of the material in this book is not readily available elsewhere, [the editors] determined to make the interviews available to a new generation of readers interested in mathematics. . . . This book will be of great interest to anyone interested in contemporary mathematicians and what ’makes them tick’, and can be warmly recommended.
―Robin Wilson, The London Mathematical Society Newsletter, July 2009
...teachers will find anecdotes and tales to amuse and even inspire their students. Young people drawn to mathematics will learn from this book that the leading doers of mathematics were and are broadly engaged in the general artistic, cultural, and intellectual enterprise that gives meaning and joy to life. Whatever divide exists between the culture of the mathematical niche and some general world culture is not the fault of mathematicians.
―James N. Boyd, Mathematics Teacher, September 2009
The well-written classical interviews may influence many young students and scientists beginning their careers to study and do mathematics or its applications.
―EMS Newsletter, March 2009
About the Author
Donald J. Albers is Editorial Director of the books program of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He is former Associate Executive Director and Director of Publications of the MAA. Prior to that, he was chair of the Department of Mathematics of Menlo College. He was the founding editor of Math Horizons, and as editor of the College Mathematics Journal he introduced interviews and profiles of famous mathematical personalities, which ultimately led to the publication of Mathematical People (with G.L. Alexanderson) and More Mathematical People (with Alexanderson and Constance Reid). He has co-edited six other books.
Gerald L. Alexanderson is the Valeriote Professor of Science at Santa Clara University where he was chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (for 35 years!). He is the Former President (1997-1999) and past Secretary of the Mathematical Association of America. He is also the Associate Director of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, former editor of Mathematics Magazine, and currently editor of the Spectrum Series of books for the MAA. Overall he has written or edited, almost always in collaboration with others, 14 books ranging from textbooks, problem collections, histories and biographies, to anthologies. Paraphrasing Vikram Seth, he claims that with few exceptional short periods he has always kept Pacific Standard Time.