The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers
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Mathematics is Rational - Mathematicians are Not This can be seen as history of modern mathematics or as history of modern mathematicans. It is both. The reader would need at least some curiosity about mathematics or it will not hold attention. The biographical parts are well done, the mathematical parts were too deep for me.The focus is on Hilbert's twen. "A wonderful book!" according to Bob R. As a career scientist for over 50 years, I am versed in mathematics but not exactly a mathematician. I bought it to become familiar with Hilbert's problems. I quickly realized that Yandell's book was more about the attempters and solvers than about the problems. Yet the problems are described too, in consid. "The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers" according to Peter Haggstrom. The task of explaining Hilbert's problems and their solutions for perhaps a general audience is not an easy one. William Yandell has done a wonderful job in explaining the development of some significant mathematics as a by product of reviewing the work on Hilbert's problems. Along the way he gives us some
This eminently readable book focuses on the people of mathematics and draws the reader into their fascinating world. In a monumental address, given to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900, David Hilbert, perhaps the most respected mathematician of his time, developed a blueprint for mathematical research in the new century. Jokingly called a natural introduction to thesis writing with examples, this collection of problems has indeed become a guiding inspiration to many mathematicians, and those who succeeded in solving or advancing their solutions form an Honors Class among research mathematicians of this century. In a remarkable labor of love and with the support of many of the major players in the field, Ben Yandell has written a fascinating account of the achievements of this Honors Class, covering mathematical substance and biographical aspects.
Gouvoa, Science Review, May 2002 ""The Honors Class, which follows the history of the Hilbert Problems, is a remarkable book and I take my hat off to its author."" -Phillip J. He has uncovered details that would have been lost were it not for his personal efforts."" -The Review of Modern Logic, March 2007" . Read it yourself and recommend it to all lovers of mathematics."" -- American Mathematical Monthly -November 2003 ""Yandell writes well and has done a good job of researching the resulting profiles are interesting, readable, and insightful."" -Fernando Q. As the title implies, it is as much about the people who solved them, and it is this aspect which distinguishes the book from other accounts of Hilbert's problems."" -George Willis, Australian Mathematical Society Gazette, October 2002 ""Yandell turned his back on a mathematics to become a writer aft