The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 12, 2001 - Mathematics - 506 pages
This eminently readable book focuses on the people of mathematics and draws the reader into their fascinating world. In a monumental address, given to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900, David Hilbert, perhaps the most respected mathematician of his time, developed a blueprint for mathematical research in the new century. Jokingly called a natural introduction to thesis writing with examples, this collection of problems has indeed become a guiding inspiration to many mathematicians, and those who succeeded in solving or advancing their solutions form an Honors Class among research mathematicians of this century. In a remarkable labor of love and with the support of many of the major players in the field, Ben Yandell has written a fascinating account of the achievements of this Honors Class, covering mathematical substance and biographical aspects.

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In 1900, David Hilbert gave an address to the International Congress of Mathematicians that outlined the twenty three most important unsolved problems of mathematics, as he saw them. In "The Honors ... Read full review

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I found the book fascinating to say the least. A true labor of love! Ben understood what the statements of problems were which made it easy for the reader to understand them too. The personalities and idiosyncrasies of the problem solvers are beautifully depicted throughout the book.

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