Impatient Genius
Verhulst, Ferdinand
2012, XII, 260 p.
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From the reviews:
“Henri Poincaré (1854-1912) is arguably one of the two greatest mathematicians of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. … The volume is roughly divided into two parts: the first part is an account of Poincaré’s life, with particular focus on his professional exploits; the second is a discussion of many aspects of his mathematics. The latter strongly emphasizes differential equations, dynamical systems, and mathematical physics … . Summing Up: Recommended. Mathematics and history of science collections serving upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (S. J. Colley, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)
“The very readable book conveys a good impression to the reader about Poincaré’s life and work supported by many illustrations. … the book is of special interest for historians of mathematics, mathematicians and mathematical physicists with historical inclinations, but also a reader with a lower mathematical training will gain a colourful insight into the life and personality of a genius.” (Karl-Heinz Schlote, zbMATH, Vol. 1272, 2013)
“With this book, Verhulst did a marvelous job in sketching not only the person of Henri Poincaré, but also by restricting to … the differential equations and dynamical systems, among the diverse subjects that Poincaré worked on, he succeeds very well in communicating the essence of what the theory is about. … This is a book obviously interesting for historians of mathematics, but also for any mathematician … who want to catch a glimpse of the person and the mind of a genius.” (A. Bultheel, The European Mathematical Society, October, 2012)
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