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Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation

Michael Harris


What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers, this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly, journalistic, and pop culture sources. Drawing on the author's personal experiences as well as the thoughts and opinions of mathematicians from Archimedes and Omar Khayyám to such contemporary giants as Alexander Grothendieck and Robert Langlands, the book reveals the charisma and romance of mathematic ... More

Keywords: mathematicians, Archimedes, Omar Khayyám, Alexander Grothendieck, Robert Langlands, mathematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175836
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Harris, author
Université Paris-Diderot and Columbia University