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The Hilbert Challenge


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Introduction; Hilbert in Paris; How Hilbert came to Paris; Paris in more detail; 1900-1918; 1918-1945; After 1945; Epilogue; Glossary; Appendix 1: Hilbert's lecture at the International Congress of Mathematics, Paris, 1900; Appendix 2: The Hilbert problems 1900-1999; Appendix 3. Logical matters; Bibliography; Index

About the Author

Jeremy Gray is Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University. His research interests lie in the history of the mathematics of the 19th and 20th centuries, and in the philosophy and social significance of mathematics. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently The Symbolic Universe: Geometry and Physics 1890-1930 (OUP 1999).


`"illuminating and highly recommended"'
`"lively and informative"'
Physics World, d April 2001
`"This book is an important contribution to the history of modern mathematics. It is good to have Hilbert's lecture conveniently available, and Jeremy Gray's understanding of the problems and comments on them are invaluable."'
MAA Online
`The book stands out in the panorama of the historiography of mathematics as an example of how problems and themes in modern amthematics can be presented rigourously, and yet in a fashion that makes them accessible to the wider audience of the historians of science'
British Society for the History of Science

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