By David Ruelle

ISBN-10: 0691129827

ISBN-13: 9780691129822

The Mathematician's mind poses a provocative query concerning the world's so much great but eccentric mathematical minds: have been they really good due to their eccentricities or inspite of them? during this thought-provoking and interesting ebook, David Ruelle, the well known mathematical physicist who helped create chaos idea, offers us a unprecedented insider's account of the prestigious mathematicians he has known-their quirks, oddities, own tragedies, undesirable habit, descents into insanity, tragic ends, and the chic, inexpressible great thing about their such a lot breathtaking mathematical discoveries.

Consider the case of British mathematician Alan Turing. Credited with cracking the German Enigma code in the course of international warfare II and conceiving of the trendy desktop, he used to be convicted of "gross indecency" for a gay affair and died in 1954 after consuming a cyanide-laced apple--his dying used to be governed a suicide, even though rumors of assassination nonetheless linger. Ruelle holds not anything again in his revealing and deeply own reflections on Turing and different fellow mathematicians, together with Alexander Grothendieck, René Thom, Bernhard Riemann, and Felix Klein. yet this booklet is greater than a mathematical tell-all. each one bankruptcy examines a huge mathematical inspiration and the visionary minds at the back of it. Ruelle meaningfully explores the philosophical matters raised by way of every one, delivering insights into the really targeted and artistic methods mathematicians imagine and displaying how the mathematical surroundings is so much favorable for asking philosophical questions on that means, attractiveness, and the character of reality.

The Mathematician's mind takes you contained in the world--and heads--of mathematicians. it is a trip you will not quickly omit.

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