Birth of a theorem: a mathematical adventure by Cédric Villani (trans Malcolm DeBevoise, ill Claude Gongard). The Bodley Head, 2015, 272pp. [Book Review]

Lawrence, Snezana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0208-9320 (2016) Birth of a theorem: a mathematical adventure by Cédric Villani (trans Malcolm DeBevoise, ill Claude Gongard). The Bodley Head, 2015, 272pp. [Book Review]. BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, 31 (3) . pp. 263-265. ISSN 1749-8430 [Article] (doi:10.1080/17498430.2016.1208394)

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A review of the book: Birth of a theorem: a mathematical adventure by Cédric Villani (trans Malcolm DeBevoise, ill Claude Gongard). The Bodley Head, 2015, 272pp, £18.99, ISBN 978-1-84-792252-6

There are some questions about mathematics and mathematicians that are repeatedly and persistently asked. Let’s start with mathematics. ‘When will we need this?’ is pretty much a standard in any mathematics classroom (I suggest use of a crystal ball at such times), and ‘what is the use of...?’ is another. As readers of this journal know, that is not what mathematicians think or much care about, or why mathematics gets created in the first place. Like artists, mathematicians don’t create art to please but to communicate what they have learned.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 29182
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 10:09
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URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29182

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