Pushing Limits

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American Mathematical Soc., 3 באפר׳ 2017 - 294 עמודים
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Pushing Limits: From West Point to Berkeley and Beyond challenges the myth that mathematicians lead dull and ascetic lives. It recounts the unique odyssey of a noted mathematician who overcame military hurdles at West Point, Army Ranger School and the Vietnam War, and survived many civilian escapades—hitchhiking in third-world hotspots, fending off sharks in Bahamian reefs, and camping deep behind the forbidding Iron Curtain. From ultra-conservative West Point in the ’60s to ultra-radical Berkeley in the ’70s, and ultimately to genteel Georgia Tech in the ’80s, this is the tale of an academic career as noteworthy for its offbeat adventures as for its teaching and research accomplishments. It brings to life the struggles and risks underlying mathematical research, the unparalleled thrill of making scientific breakthroughs, and the joy of sharing those discoveries around the world. Hill's book is packed with energy, humor, and suspense, both physical and intellectual. Anyone who is curious about how one maverick mathematician thinks, who wants to relive the zanier side of the ’60s and ’70s, who wants an armchair journey into the third world, or who seeks an unconventional view of several of society's iconic institutions, will be drawn to this book.

 

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Chapter 1 Day of the handshakes
1
Chapter 2 The star years
20
Chapter 3 Out of the gates
44
Chapter 4 Preparing for war
63
Chapter 5 Vietnam
84
Chapter 6 Return to reason
104
Photo section 1
118
Chapter 7 The Fulbright interlude
127
Chapter 10 Eurekas
195
Chapter 11 The global math guild
216
Photo section 2
230
Chapter 12 The math Ohana
236
Chapter 13 The Penn State syndrome
252
Chapter 14 Permanent sabbatical
271
Postscript
289
Photo credits
293

Chapter 8 Berzerkeley
151
Chapter 9 The apprenticeship
171

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מידע על המחבר (2017)

Ted Hill: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA

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