Hilbert

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Springer Science & Business Media, 19 d’abr. 1996 - 228 pàgines
If the life of any 20th century mathematician can be said to be a history of mathematics in his time, it is that of David Hilbert. To the enchanted young mathematicians and physicists who flocked to study with him in Gottingen before and between the World Wars, he seemed mathematics personified, the very air around him "scientifically electric". His remarkably prescient proposal in 1900 of twenty-three problems for the coming century set the course of much subsequent mathematics and remains a feat that no scientist in any field has been able to duplicate. When he died, Nature remarked that there was scarcely a mathematician in the world whose work did not derive from that of Hilbert. Constance Reid's classic biography is a moving, nontechnical account of the passionate scientific life of this man - from the early days in Konigsberg, when his revolutionary work was dismissed as "theology", to the golden years in Gottingen before Hitler came to power and within a few months destroyed the entire Hilbert school. The Copernicus paperback edition makes this book available to new generations of mathematicians who know the name Hilbert, which is everywhere in mathematics, but do not know the man.
 

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Friends and Teachers
9
Doctor of Philosophy
15
Paris
22
Gordans Problem
28
Changes
39
Only Number Fields
47
Tables Chairs and Beer Mugs
57
Problems
65
Friends and Students
117
Physics
125
War
137
The Foundations of Mathematics
148
The New Order
158
The Infinite
168
Borrowed Time
178
Logic and the Understanding of Nature
190

The Future of Mathematics
74
The New Century
84
Second Youth
91
The Passionate Scientific Life
102
Space Time and Number
111
Exodus
198
Age
206
The Last Word
216
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