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2001; 179 pp; hardcover ISBN10: 082182614X ISBN13: 9780821826140 List Price: US$38 Member Price: US$30.40 Order Code: TOT See also: Mathematics under the Microscope: Notes on Cognitive Aspects of Mathematical Practice  Alexandre V Borovik  Our view of the world today is fundamentally influenced by twentieth century results in physics and mathematics. Here, three members of the French Academy of Sciences: Alain Connes, André Lichnerowicz, and Marcel Paul Schützenberger, discuss the relations among mathematics, physics and philosophy, and other sciences. Written in the form of conversations among three brilliant scientists and deep thinkers, the book touches on, among others, the following questions:
The conversations are sprinkled with stories and quotes from outstanding scientists, which enliven the discourse. The book will make you think again about things that you once thought were quite familiar. Alain Connes is one of the founders of noncommutative geometry. He holds the Chair of Analysis and Geometry at the Collège de France. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1982. In 2001, he was awarded the Crafoord Prize by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. André Lichnerowicz, mathematician, noted geometer, theoretical physicist, and specialist in general relativity, was a professor at the Collège de France. Marcel Paul Schützenberger made brilliant contributions to combinatorics and graph theory. He was simultaneously a medical doctor, a biologist, a psychiatrist, a linguist, and an algebraist. Readership General mathematical audience. Table of Contents



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