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Great Mathematics Books of the Twentieth Century

A Personal Journey

Lizhen Ji (author)

ISBN: 9781571462831

Publication Date: Jun 2014

Format: Hardback

Mathematics has a long history, yet it is forever new. The concepts, theories, theorems, and conjectures of the past are the foundation of modern mathematics. This volume serves as a guide to the most important books among the vast mathematical literature of the twentieth century, organized by subject. In doing so, it provides concise summaries of all major subjects in contemporary mathematics.
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Mathematics has a long history, yet it is forever new. The concepts, theories, theorems, and conjectures of the past are the foundation of modern mathematics. How can one best learn them? One effective way is to read the great books on mathematics.

The present volume serves as a guide to the most important books among the vast mathematical literature of the twentieth century, organized by subject. In doing so, it provides concise summaries of all major subjects in contemporary mathematics.

Also included are brief one-paragraph introductions to numerous works of mathematics from throughout the ages, by old masters such as Euler, Galileo, Gauss, Kepler, Leibniz, Newton, Poincaré, et al, accompanied by many images of early printed editions.

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Unlike other sciences, old mathematical literature has a life of its own because it records not only the background, but also so much of the detailed technical knowledge, for the mathematics of today. This remarkable book is the first one to attempt to analyse the vast literature arising from 20th century mathematics. It lists and comments on a selection of the most influential books written during this time in all of the major fields of mathematics. - John Coates (University of Cambridge)

This is a very impressive job for both educators and researchers in mathematics. It collects basically all of the important non-technical books written by great mathematicians. The author also gives insightful comments on these books. This is especially important for those who want to get a global view of mathematics. The author writes with humor and the book is not dry to read. I am amazed by the author's energy in preparing this book. - Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard University)
Pages 667
Dimensions 247 x 203
Date Published 30 Jun 2014
Publisher International Press of Boston, Inc
Subject/s Reference works   History of mathematics  
Lizhen Ji is a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan, USA, and studies subjects related to Lie groups, discrete subgroups of Lie groups, transformation groups, and related spaces. He loves books and is a chief editor of four book series: Advanced Lectures in Mathematics, Mathematics and Humanities, Panorama of Mathematics, and Surveys of Modern Mathematics. He is a chief editor of the journal Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly, and an editor of the Asian Journal of Mathematics and the journal Science in China: Mathematics.

He was a Sloan Fellow and received the NSF postdoctoral Fellowship and the Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics. He enjoys listening to good mathematics talks on diverse topics. He has organized over 30 summer schools, conferences, and workshops, and is an active organizer of seminars and colloquia.

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