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Birth of a theorem : a mathematical adventure / C�edric Villani ; illustrations by Claude Gondard.

By: Villani, C�edric, 1973-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Faber and Faber, Inc. an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015Edition: First American edition.Description: 260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780865477674; 0865477671.Uniform titles: Th�eor�eme vivant. English Subject(s): Villani, C�edric, 1973- | Mathematicians -- France -- BiographyGenre/Form: Autobiographies.DDC classification: 510.92 | B Summary: "An intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation C�edric Villani is a rock-star mathematician. An intellect of unusual depth and breadth, he is the director of France's greatest mathematics research institute. In 2010 he received the Fields Medal, the most coveted prize in mathematics, for his proofs resolving one of the most controversial theories of classical physics. Birth of a Theorem is his own account of the year leading up to the award. It invites readers inside the mind of a genius as he wrestles with the most important work of his career. But you don't have to understand nonlinear Landau damping to love Birth of a Theorem. It doesn't simplify or overexplain; rather, it invites readers into collaboration. Villani's diaries, e-mails, and musings enmesh you in the process of discovery. You join him in unproductive lulls and late-night breakthroughs. You're privy to the mess-hall conversations of the world's greatest research institutions. Villani discusses his favorite songs, his love of manga, and the imaginative stories he tells his children. Mathematics is like any other creative work in that the thinker's whole life propels discovery--and with Birth of a Theorem, Villani welcomes you into his"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: "An intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation"-- Provided by publisher.
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"An intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation C�edric Villani is a rock-star mathematician. An intellect of unusual depth and breadth, he is the director of France's greatest mathematics research institute. In 2010 he received the Fields Medal, the most coveted prize in mathematics, for his proofs resolving one of the most controversial theories of classical physics. Birth of a Theorem is his own account of the year leading up to the award. It invites readers inside the mind of a genius as he wrestles with the most important work of his career. But you don't have to understand nonlinear Landau damping to love Birth of a Theorem. It doesn't simplify or overexplain; rather, it invites readers into collaboration. Villani's diaries, e-mails, and musings enmesh you in the process of discovery. You join him in unproductive lulls and late-night breakthroughs. You're privy to the mess-hall conversations of the world's greatest research institutions. Villani discusses his favorite songs, his love of manga, and the imaginative stories he tells his children. Mathematics is like any other creative work in that the thinker's whole life propels discovery--and with Birth of a Theorem, Villani welcomes you into his"-- Provided by publisher.

"An intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-260).

Translation of: Th�eor�eme vivant.

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