Birth of a Theorem

A Mathematical Adventure

Cover Art for 9781847922533, Birth of a Theorem by Cedric Villani
ISBN: 9781847922533
Publisher: Bodley Head
Published: 5 March, 2015
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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“This man could plainly do for mathematics what Brian Cox has done for physics”Sunday Times How does a genius see the world? Where and how does inspiration strike? Cédric Villani takes us on a mesmerising adventure as he wrestles with the Boltzmann equation – a new theorem that will eventually win him the most coveted prize in mathematics and a place in the mathematical history books. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness. His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Of ordinary family life blurring with the abstract world of mathematical physics, of theories and equations that haunt your dreams and seeking the elusive inspiration found only in a locked, darkened room. Blending science with history, biography with myth, Villani conjures up an inimitable cast: the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Godel, and Villani’s personal hero, John Nash. Step inside the magical world of Cédric Villani…

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