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NAMING INFINITY: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity

NAMING INFINITY: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity

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http://www.hup.harvard.edu/audio/GRANAM.mp3

"This absorbing book tells astonishing stories about some of the most important developments in mathematics of the past century...Perhaps the most moving section of the book is that dealing with the famous Moscow School of Mathematics in Soviet times. Its origins are traced to the Lusitania seminar established by Egorov and Luzin (the source of the name 'Lusitania' is obscure). The enthusiasm that these teachers inspired in their students is clearly conveyed, as is the atmosphere of intellectual excitement, despite the freezing lecture rooms (the rule that lectures could not take place if the room temperature fell below -5C was ignored)...This is a remarkable book, illuminating the history of 20th-century mathematics and its practitioners. The stories it tells are important and too little known. It is clearly a labor of love and deserves a wide audience: it is an outstanding portrayal of mathematics as a fundamentally human activity and mathematicians as human beings."
--Tony Mann, Times Higher Education
LISTEN TO AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/audio/GRANAM.mp3

"This absorbing book tells astonishing stories about some of the most important developments in mathematics of the past century...Perhaps the most moving section of the book is that dealing with the famous Moscow School of Mathematics in Soviet times. Its origins are traced to the Lusitania seminar established by Egorov and Luzin (the source of the name 'Lusitania' is obscure). The enthusiasm that these teachers inspired in their students is clearly conveyed, as is the atmosphere of intellectual excitement, despite the freezing lecture rooms (the rule that lectures could not take place if the room temperature fell below -5C was ignored)...This is a remarkable book, illuminating the history of 20th-century mathematics and its practitioners. The stories it tells are important and too little known. It is clearly a labor of love and deserves a wide audience: it is an outstanding portrayal of mathematics as a fundamentally human activity and mathematicians as human beings."
--Tony Mann, Times Higher Education

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Published by: Harvard University Press on Jun 12, 2009
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 Naming Infnity
A True Story of Religious Mysticismand Mathematical Creativity
Loren Graham
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  Jean-Michel Kantor 
 The Belknap Press ofHarvard University Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts  London, En gland 2009
 
Copyright © 2009 by the President and Fellows o Harvard College All rights reserved  Printed in the United States o America Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Graham, Loren R.Naming innity : a true story o religious mysticism andmathematical creativity / Loren Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor.p. cm.Includes bibliographical reerences and index.ISBN 978-0-674-03293-4 (alk. paper)1. Mathematics—Russia (Federation)—Religious aspects.2. Mysticism—Russia (Federation)3. Mathematics—Russia (Federation)—Philosophy.4. Mathematics—France—Religious aspects.5. Mathematics—France—Philosophy. 6. Set theory.I. Kantor, Jean-Michel. II. Title.QA27.R8G73 2009510.947
0904—dc22 2008041334

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