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Birth of a Theorem

Cedric Villani


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PUBLISHED: 17th March 2016
ISBN: 9780099581970
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"This man could plainly do for mathematics what Brian Cox has done for physics" - Sunday TimesHow does a genius see the world? Of ordinary family life blurring with the abstract world of mathematical physics, of theories and equations that haunt your dreams and seeking the elusive inspiration found only in a locked, darkened room.
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  • Paperback
    $23.02
PUBLISHED: 17th March 2016
ISBN: 9780099581970
ANNOTATION:
"This man could plainly do for mathematics what Brian Cox has done for physics" - Sunday TimesHow does a genius see the world? Of ordinary family life blurring with the abstract world of mathematical physics, of theories and equations that haunt your dreams and seeking the elusive inspiration found only in a locked, darkened room.

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"This man could plainly do for mathematics what Brian Cox has done for physics" - Sunday TimesHow does a genius see the world? Of ordinary family life blurring with the abstract world of mathematical physics, of theories and equations that haunt your dreams and seeking the elusive inspiration found only in a locked, darkened room.

Publisher Description

"This man could plainly do for mathematics what Brian Cox has done for physics" - Sunday Times

How does a genius see the world? Where and how does inspiration strike?

Cedric Villani takes us on a mesmerising adventure as he wrestles with the Boltzmann equation - a new theorem that will eventually win him the most coveted prize in mathematics and a place in the mathematical history books. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness.

His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Of ordinary family life blurring with the abstract world of mathematical physics, of theories and equations that haunt your dreams and seeking the elusive inspiration found only in a locked, darkened room.

Blending science with history, biography with myth, Villani conjures up an inimitable cast- the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Godel, and Villani's personal hero, John Nash.

Step inside the magical world of Cedric Villani...

Author Biography

Cedric Villani is a French mathematician who has received many international awards for his work including the Jacques Herbrand Prize, the Prize of the European Mathematical Society, the Fermat Prize and the Henri Poincare Prize.

In 2010 he was awarded the Fields Medal, the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, for his work on Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation. Often called 'the mathematicians' Nobel Prize', it is awarded every four years and is viewed by some as the highest honour a mathematician can achieve.

He is a professor at Lyon University and Director of the Institut Henri Poincare in Paris, working primarily on partial differential equations and mathematical physics.

Review

"Combining poetry, music and formidable sleuthing, the charismatic Cedric Villani skilfully unfolds the complex yet wondrous world of mathematics. Birth of a Theorem inspires and entertains!" -- Patti Smith "Cedric Villani's BIRTH OF A THEOREM is like no other book about maths: an unfiltered view into the daily life, and the soul, of a great mathematician, as he approaches and finally conquers a major result" -- Jordan Ellenberg "This man could plainly do for mathematics what Brian Cox has done for physics.... [Birth of a Theorem] is one of the most peculiar and entertaining science books you will ever read" -- Brian Appleyard Sunday Times "Villani has written probably the most unlikely unputdownable thriller of the decade" -- Richard Morrison The Times "A fine book from a brilliant man" -- Rod Liddle Sunday Times

Product Details

Year
2016
ISBN-10
0099581973
ISBN-13
9780099581970
Media
Book
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Pages
272
Subtitle
A Mathematical Adventure
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2016-03-17
Translated from
French
Language
English
Author
Cedric Villani
Format
Paperback
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