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By Steve Nadis

ISBN-10: 067472500X

ISBN-13: 9780674725003

within the 20th century, American mathematicians started to make severe advances in a box formerly ruled by way of Europeans. Harvard's arithmetic division used to be on the heart of those advancements. A historical past in Sum is an inviting account of the pioneers who trailblazed a fantastically American culture of mathematics--in algebraic geometry, complicated research, and different esoteric subdisciplines which are hardly written approximately outdoors of magazine articles or complicated textbooks. The heady mathematical innovations that emerged, and the boys and ladies who formed them, are defined right here in vigorous, available prose.

The tale starts in 1825, while a precocious sixteen-year-old freshman, Benjamin Peirce, arrived on the university. He may turn into the 1st American to supply unique mathematics--an ambition frowned upon in an period whilst professors mostly restricted themselves to instructing. Peirce's successors remodeled the maths division right into a world-class examine middle, attracting to the college such luminaries as George David Birkhoff. Influential figures quickly flocked to Harvard, a few overcoming nice demanding situations to pursue their elected calling. A historical past in Sum elucidates the contributions of those outstanding minds and makes transparent why the background of the Harvard arithmetic division is a vital a part of the historical past of arithmetic in the USA and beyond.

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