Great Feuds in Mathematics: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

Author:
Hal Hellman
Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Category:
History

This is Hal Hellman's 13th book and the fourth in his Great Feuds series. Aimed squarely at those who think math is an exact and staid field of endeavor, he writes "When my editor at Wiley suggested that I do a book on Great Feuds in Mathematics, I was not excited by the idea ... Mathematics, I felt, is a cold, logical discipline where questions can be decided, if not quickly, at least objectively and decisively ... How could there be feuds in mathematics? But my editor persisted. So I did it. It was tough, and took a full two and a half years, but it was an eye-opener."

July 1, 2006

Drexel University Online

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