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Mathematical Apocrypha: Stories and Anecdotes of Mathematicians and the Mathematical

Mathematical Apocrypha

By Steven G. Krantz

Catalog Code: APC
Print ISBN: 978-0-88385-539-3
232 pp., Paperbound, 2005
List Price: $39.00
MAA Member: $29.25
Series: Spectrum

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Mathematical Apocrypha is a book of stories about mathematicians and the mathematical. It differs from other books of its kind in that it includes many stories about contemporary mathematicians. Many of these stories are derived from the author’s direct or second-hand experience and have never before appeared in print. The stories are told in a brisk and engaging style and are enhanced by numerous photographs. These stories convey the nature of mathematical enterprise, and give the reader a glimpse of mathematical culture.

The theme of the book is strictly mathematical. Some of the stories, however, are about people who adhere to mathematics but cannot strictly be called mathematicians. Included are stories about Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, and Albert Einstein, along with stories about mathematicians Erdos, Doob, Besicovitch, Atiyah, Wiener, Mary Ellen and Walter Rudin, Polya, Halmos, Littlewood and many, many legendary mathematicians.

This book will appeal to students from high school through graduate school, to faculty and to mathematical scientists of all stripes, and also to physicists, engineers, and anyone interested in mathematics.

Table of Contents

Great Foolishness
Great Affrontery
Great Ideas
Great Failures
Great Pranks
Great People
Further Reading

About the Author

Steven G. Krantz, currently Professor of Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, earned his PhD at Princeton University and has taught at UCLA, Princeton University, and Pennsylvania State University. He is the recipient of the UCLA Alumni Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, the MAA’s Chauvenet Prize, and the MAA Beckenbach Book Award. He has written numerous books including: How to Teach Mathematics, Function Theory of Several Complex Variables, The Implicit Function Theorem, and Mathematical Apocrypha, Complex Analysis: The Geometric Viewpoint, and A Panorama of Harmonic Analysis (all for the MAA). He is also the author of over 100 research articles.


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