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Tales of Physicists and Mathematicians

Tales of Physicists and Mathematicians
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Dewey Class 510.9
Title Tales of Physicists and Mathematicians ([EBook]) / by Semyon Grigorevich Gindikin.
Author Gindikin, Semyon Grigorevich
Other name(s) SpringerLink (Online service)
Publication Boston, MA : Birkhäuser , 1988.
Physical Details XII, 158 pages : online resource.
ISBN 9781461239420
Summary Note This revised and greatly expanded second edition of the classic Russian text Tales of Mathematicians and Physicists contains a wealth of new information about the lives and accomplishments of more than a dozen scientists throughout history. Included are individuals from the late nineteenth century: Klein, Poincaré, Ramanujan, and Penrose, as well as renowned figures from earlier eras, such as Leibniz, Euler, Lagrange, and Laplace. A unique mixture of mathematics, physics, and history, this volume provides biographical glimpses of scientists and their contributions in the context of the social and political background of their times. The author examines many original sources, from the scientists’ research papers to their personal documents and letters to friends and family; furthermore, detailed mathematical arguments and diagrams are supplied to help explain some of the most significant discoveries in calculus, celestial mechanics, number theory, and modern relativity. What emerges are intriguing, multifaceted studies of a number of remarkable intellectuals and their scientific legacy. Written by a distinguished mathematician and accessible to readers at all levels, this book is a wonderful resource for both students and teachers and a welcome introduction to the history of science.:
Contents note Ars Magna (The Great Art) -- Appendix: From De Vita Propria Liber (The Book of My Life) -- Two Tales of Galileo -- I. The Discovery of the Laws of Motion -- II. The Medicean Stars -- Appendix: Olaf Römer’s Conjecture -- Christiaan Huygens, Pendulum Clocks, and a Curve “Not At All Considered by the Ancients” -- Appendix: Part Five of Horlogium Oscillatorium -- Blaise Pascal -- Prince of Mathematicians -- I. Gauss’ Debut -- II. The Golden Theorem -- III. Royal Days -- Appendix: Construction Problems Leading to Cubic Equations.
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