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The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers Hardcover – Dec 12 2001


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  • Hardcover: 506 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press; 1 edition (Dec 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568811411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568811413
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,843,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" my mind it is one of the best popular books about mathematics and mathematicians written in the last ten years. . . clearly a labor of love. I particularly recommend The Honors Class as an outstanding achievement of mathematical exposition. 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. 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. Davis, SIAM Book Review , June 2002
like a novel. Fascinating."" -Arnold Ostebee, Telegraphic Reviews, March 2003
""The book is not just about mathematical problems. 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 after a distinguished undergraduate career at Stanford University. This makes him an ideal author for a book of this sort, to which he brings a rare combination of mathematical and literary sophistication."" -W. Timothy Gowers, NATURE Review, June 2002
In this work, Hilbert problems serve as a motivation to present biographies of mathematicians connected with their solutions. -Jean Mahwin, Belgian Mathematical Society, February 2005
""Yandell gives us a glimpse of the mathematical culture of part of the twentieth century. He has uncovered details that would have been lost were it not for his personal efforts."" -The Review of Modern Logic, March 2007"

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Fascinating historical comments, lively portraits of mathematicians, and their times. While the narrative is about the lives of some great mathematicians, it sucessfully outlines main ideas in the subject,--the personal and scientific context. The author does a great job in sharing his fascination with the rest of us. The book covers roughly the past hundred years. It is a great service to the mathematics community,-- and especially, it is an enjoyment for everyone.
It reads like a novel, fast paced, and it is hard to put down. I meant to look at it before going to sleep, but instead read it to the end, finishing in the morning. As a professional mathematician, I am often saddened by how little our work is perhaps understood and appreciated. Books like this can do a lot of good. I can now tell my children that dad does stuff like that.
The author brings the events and the mathematical people to life, and he has a story to tell. This book is and will be a success for a long time to come.
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Fascinating historical comments, lively portraits of mathematicians, and their times. While the narrative is about the lives of some great mathematicians, it sucessfully outlines main ideas in the subject,--the personal and scientific context. The author does a great job in sharing his fascination with the rest of us. The book covers roughly the past hundred years. It is a great service to the mathematics community,-- and especially, it is an enjoyment for everyone.
It reads like a novel, fast paced, and it is hard to put down. I meant to look at it before going to sleep, but instead read it to the end, finishing in the morning. As a professional mathematician, I am often saddened by how little our work is perhaps understood and appreciated. Books like this can do a lot of good. I can now tell my children that dad does stuff like that.
The author brings the events and the mathematical people to life, and he has a story to tell. This book is and will be a success for a long time to come.
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Fascinating historical comments, lively portraits of mathematicians, and their times. While the narrative is about the lives of some great mathematicians, it sucessfully outlines main ideas in the subject,--the personal and scientific context. The author does a great job in sharing his fascination with the rest of us. The book covers roughly the past hundred years. It is a great service to the mathematics community,-- and especially, it is an enjoyment for everyone.
It reads like a novel, fast paced, and it is hard to put down. I meant to look at it before going to sleep, but instead read it to the end, finishing in the morning. As a professional mathematician, I am often saddened by how little our work is perhaps understood and appreciated. Books like this can do a lot of good. I can now tell my children that dad does stuff like that.
The author brings the events and the mathematical people to life, and he has a story to tell. This book is and will be a success for a long time to come.
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The "Honors Class" is the set of mathematicians who have solved, or heftily contributed to solving, one of the famous 23 problems proposed by David Hilbert a hundred years ago.
Energetically researched, Yandell's book naturally presents numerous morsels of biography, spotlighting the eccentricities, the sobrieties, the childhoods, travails, philosophies (he got me to understand, finally, why the intuitionists cared so much about their program), and politics of the members of the Honors Class. But from all these snippets, what emerges is a biography of mathematics itself in the 20th century; a sense for the marvelous, moving, growing organism that has been the mathematical quest.
Many bright men and women, many geniuses, populate these pages. But with two exceptions (Georg Cantor, the mystical grandfather of modern logic and set theory; and the remarkable Teiji Takagi, who built Japanese mathematical culture, and the class field theory that led to solutions for three of Hilbert's 23, all seemingly with his bare hands) they didn't wield their chalk in solitary splendor. They formed a web made of learning, mentoring, competing, collaborating, inspiring; a web that converged on and spread out from two tumultuous epicenters of the century's math activity: Goettingen in Germany (until Hitler drove out all its best minds), and Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies.
There are four parts biography to one part math here. That should make the book as approachable for laymen as it is delightful for the math sophisticates who'll get to put faces on all those familiar old names. The address in which Hilbert set out his problems is given in full as an appendix; and those who wish to pursue the technical topics further get a bibliography rich enough to keep them occupied for years.
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