Mathematics

The Mathematical Artistry of Paul Dirac: Michael Atiyah on the Life and Work of Quantum Genius

  Paul Dirac (1902–1984) was an English theoretical physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of both quantum mechanics and…

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Enigmas: Alan Turing and the Codebreakers of the World Wars

The British were able to keep their codebreaking efforts at Bletchley Park secret for decades after the end of World…

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The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth

When the great Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős died in 1996 at 83, he left behind a staggering body of work.…

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Newton’s Gift: How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World

In our dumbed-down age, when even the most grounded scientific theory is often distrusted by too many, it may be…

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Incompleteness: Rebecca Goldstein on the Life and Work of Kurt Gödel

  Best known for his Incompleteness Theorem, Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) is considered one of the most important mathematicians and logicians of the…

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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Jack Copeland on the Life and
 Work of Codebreaker and Computer Science Pioneer Alan Turing

Alan Turing (1912–1954) was an English mathematician, logician, pioneer of computer science, and wartime code-breaker. He is credited with creating a design for the Automatic…

4 months ago

Jack of All Trades: Rosa Mayorga on the Life and Work of Charles Sanders Peirce

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) was a polymath whose interests spanned multiple fields including philosophy, astronomy, mathematics, and language. He is…

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112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell Gödel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science

During the winter of 1943-44, as much of the supposedly civilized world was in the throes of WWII, four of…

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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Without a doubt, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing were two of the most compelling figures in the history of mathematics,…

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Incompleteness: Rebecca Goldstein on the Life and Work of Kurt Gödel

Best known for his Incompleteness Theorem, Kurt Gödel (1906–1978) is considered one of the most important mathematicians and logicians of the…

7 months ago