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  • Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World
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  • Mariana Cook
  • 2013
  • Published by: Princeton University Press
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Mathematicians is a remarkable collection of ninety-two photographic portraits, featuring some of the most amazing mathematicians of our time. Acclaimed photographer Mariana Cook captures the exuberant and colorful personalities of these brilliant thinkers and the superb images are accompanied by brief autobiographical texts written by each mathematician. Together, the photographs and words illuminate a diverse group of men and women dedicated to the absorbing pursuit of mathematics.

The compelling black-and-white portraits introduce readers to mathematicians who are young and old, fathers and daughters, and husbands and wives. They include Fields Medal winners, those at the beginning of major careers, and those who are long-established celebrities in the discipline. Their candid personal essays reveal unique and wide-ranging thoughts, opinions, and humor, as the mathematicians discuss how they became interested in mathematics, why they love the subject, how they remain motivated in the face of mathematical challenges, and how their greatest contributions have paved new directions for future generations. Mathematicians in the book include David Blackwell, Henri Cartan, John Conway, Pierre Deligne, Timothy Gowers, Frances Kirwan, Peter Lax, William Massey, John Milnor, Cathleen Morawetz, John Nash, Karen Uhlenbeck, and many others.

Conveying the beauty and joy of mathematics to those both within and outside the field, this photographic collection is an inspirational tribute to mathematicians everywhere.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Preface
  2. Mariana Cook
  3. p. 7
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  1. Introduction
  2. Robert Clifford Gunning
  3. pp. 8-10
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  1. Mathematicians Portraits
  1. Edward Nelson
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Andrei Okounkov
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  1. Michael Artin
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  1. John Horton Conway
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  1. Friedrich E. Hirzebruch
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  1. János Kollár
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  1. Richard Ewen Borcherds
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  1. David Mumford
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Bryan John Birch
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Sir Michael Francis Atiyah
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  1. Isadore Manual Singer
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  1. Mikhael Leonidovich Gromov
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  1. Kevin David Corlette
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  1. Sun-Yung Alice Chang
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  1. Shing-Tung Yau
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  1. John Forbes Nash, Jr.
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  1. Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck
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  1. James Harris Simons
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  1. Phillip Griffiths
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  1. Gang Tian
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  1. Heisuke Hironaka
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  1. Eriko Hironaka
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  1. John Willard Milnor
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  1. Joan S. Birman
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  1. Frances Kirwan
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  1. Robion Kirby
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  1. Burt Totaro
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  1. Simon Donaldson
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  1. Henri Cartan
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  1. Robert D. MacPherson
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  1. Margaret Dusa McDuff
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  1. Marina Ratner
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  1. Kate Adebola Okikiolu
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  1. William Timothy Gowers
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  1. Lennart Axel Edvard Carleson
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  1. Cathleen Synge Morawetz
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  1. Peter David Lax
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  1. Kenneth Ribet
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  1. David Harold Blackwell
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  1. Afterword
  2. Brandon Fradd
  3. p. 197
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  1. List of Mathematicians
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  1. Acknowledgments
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