Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment (Paperback)

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An acclaimed biography of the Enlightenment's greatest mathematician

This is the first full-scale biography of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), one of the greatest mathematicians and theoretical physicists of all time. In this comprehensive and authoritative account, Ronald Calinger connects the story of Euler's eventful life to the astonishing achievements that place him in the company of Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss. Drawing on Euler's massive published works and correspondence, this biography sets Euler's work in its multilayered context--personal, intellectual, institutional, political, cultural, religious, and social. It is a story of nearly incessant accomplishment, from Euler's fundamental contributions to almost every area of pure and applied mathematics in his time--especially calculus, mechanics, and optics--to his advances in shipbuilding, telescopes, acoustics, ballistics, cartography, chronology, and music theory.

About the Author


Ronald S. Calinger is professor emeritus of history at the Catholic University of America and the founding chancellor of the Euler Society. His books include A Contextual History of Mathematics, Vita Mathematica, and Classics of Mathematics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691196404
ISBN-10: 0691196400
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019
Pages: 696
Language: English