In Journey through Genius, author William Dunham strikes an extraordinary balance between the historical and technical. He devotes each chapter to a principal result of mathematics, such as the solution of the cubic series and the divergence of the harmonic series. Not only does this book tell the stories of the people behind the math, but it also includes discussions and rigorous proofs of the relevant mathematical results.
"An inspired piece of intellectual history."
Los Angeles Times
“It is mathematics presented as a series of works of art; a fascinating lingering over individual examples of ingenuity and insight. It is mathematics by lightning flash.”
— Isaac Asimov
“Dunham deftly guides the reader through the verbal and logical intricacies of major mathematical questions, conveying a splendid sense of how the greatest mathematicians from ancient to modern times presented their arguments.”
—Ivars Peterson, author of The Mathematical Tourist
Absolutely one of the most wonderful books i've ever read !
In a chronological way, through each chapter, the book covers the background and history of the current chapter's... Read more
Dunham selects several mathematical theorems and discusses their meaning and their proof. The book is arranged chronologically beginning with Hippocrates (Quadrature of the Lune)... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Avid Reader
This is sumptuous and beautiful writing. Years ago, I took 4 years of math in college, and had forgotten how lovely and surprising these ideas can be, especially when elegantly... Read morePublished on July 11 2003 by Paul J. Papanek
I came to this book after reading : Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture , and Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem. Read morePublished on April 11 2003 by Dani Ashkenazi
When were algebraic equations formulated with symbols? When were decimal expansions introduced? These questions are answered in readable form, along with examples of some simple... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by Professor Joseph L. McCauley
Mathematical truths possess a beauty quite unlike any other work known to man, and the ability to appreciate that beauty should not be limited to expert mathematicians. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003 by Allan Heydon
this is a fantastic book ..it has a lot of clever ideas from old 2 modern.
easy 2 understand langauge ,i finished this book in a week .. Read more
Also consider: "Zero: The biography of a dangerous idea" by Charles Seife.
* The subject matter of the two books is not the same.