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L. E. J. Brouwer: Topologist, Intuitionist, Philosopher: How Mathematics Is Rooted in Life

Dirk van Dalen
Publisher: 
Springer
Publication Date: 
2013
Number of Pages: 
875
Format: 
Hardcover
Price: 
44.95
ISBN: 
9781447146155
Category: 
General
BLL Rating: 

The Basic Library List Committee suggests that undergraduate mathematics libraries consider this book for acquisition.

[Reviewed by
Fernando Q. Gouvêa
, on
01/16/2013
]

Dirk van Dalen's biography of L. E. J. Brouwer was originally published in two volumes by Oxford University Press. (See our reviews: volume one, volume two.) This new edition from Springer brings together both volumes into one large book. The author's preface indicates that

The present biography is a revision of the earlier two volume biography published by Oxford University Press. After these had, so to speak, passed their natural life span, the OUP gracefully agreed to allow me to publish the present version with Springer. The contents have here and there been updated, and some sections have been pruned.

As the author points out, Springer recently published Brouwer's Selected Correspondence, which together with the biography provides excellent coverage of Brouwer's life and ideas.


Fernando Q. Gouvêa is the editor of MAA Reviews.

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