Why isn’t there a Nobel Prize in Mathematics?
Why was the first woman mathematician murdered?
Was Einstein’s first wife the real brains behind his theory?
In this highly readable volume of vignettes, coupled with factual background, Pappas has assembled fascinating stories of intrigue and the bizarre - in short, the human background of the history of mathematics.
Mathematics is principally about numbers, equations, theories, and ideas - all of them precise and timeless. Mathematica, Scandals delves behind this arcane matter and reveals real people, whose rivalries, deceptions, and idiosyncrasies are at odds with the mathematician’s reputation for clear thinking and scientific detachment.