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Review of A Russian Childhood

Sofya Kovalevskaya is arguably the most important female mathematician of the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of competition. And, sadly, Sofya died at the age of 41 of influenza. The common belief that mathematicians seldom do important work … Continue reading

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Review of Littlewood’s Miscellany

Littlewood’s Miscellany is a good choice to read along with G. H. Hardy’s A Mathematician’s Apology (which I reviewed here). That’s not because it says anything more than Hardy’s book about the celebrated collaboration. It doesn’t. But it does give … Continue reading

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Review of A Mathematician’s Apology

There are, roughly, two sorts of people who might consider reading this very short book: those who know or work with a fairly large amount of mathematics, and those who don’t. There are different things that should be said about … Continue reading

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Review of The Mind of the Mathematician

The book is a welcome attempt to use insights from psychology and related fields – together with biographical examples – to explain how the minds of outstanding mathematicians work in order to come up with important mathematical breakthroughs. The first … Continue reading

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Review of The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012

In describing the essays in this volume as the “best” writing on mathematics, the word “best” can’t be taken literally. For one thing a mathematician would naturally point out that there is no simple, obvious linear ordering on the set … Continue reading

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Review of The Mathematician’s Brain

The title is slightly misleading, as it might lead one to expect an analysis of how mathematicians work based on psychology or neuroscience. In fact, there is very little of that, especially if one discounts a short chapter on Freud’s … Continue reading

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Review of My Brain Is Open

It’s probably fair to say that a large majority of the general public in the U. S. could not name a single important mathematician who was active in the period 1933 to 1996 (the years of Paul Erdős’ adult life). … Continue reading

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