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Leonhard Euler (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Illustriert, 12. Dezember 2006
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- Gebundene Ausgabe : 196 Seiten
- ISBN-13 : 978-3764375386
- Größe und/oder Gewicht : 23.4 x 1.27 x 15.6 cm
- ISBN-10 : 3764375388
- Herausgeber : Birkhäuser; 2007. Auflage (12. Dezember 2006)
- Sprache: : Englisch
Nr. 930 in Biographien von Pädagogen
- Nr. 35,670 in Mathematik (Bücher)
- Nr. 63,905 in Politische & zeitgeschichtliche Biografien & Erinnerungen (Bücher)
This is the only biography of Leonhard Euler currently available in English, and it would be worth having for that reason alone. (...) The book is a good introductory biography of Euler, and it is handsomely produced, with nice paper and lots of illustrations. It is a welcome addition to the literature on Euler. Fellmann has chosen to make this a non-technical biography. There are no mathematical details and no formulas. Short accounts of Euler's work are included, but few details are given. Even then, the sections that go into Euler's work are marked with asterisks so that readers who are not willing to delve into specifics can skip them. With non-technical readers in mind, Fellmann privileges those aspects of Euler's work that are more accessible, so his music theory gets much more attention than his work on elliptic integrals and his lunar theory and optics more than the geometry or number theory. ―MAA Reviews
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Another commenter stated that the translators of this biography (from the original German) were clearly not native English speakers. As far as I know (and I established this based on a conversation I had at Basel University with the curator of the tercentenary Euler exhibition in 2007) there was no German version and the author himself took it upon himself to write the book directly in English. And it is quite evident from the poor quality of the prose that Herr Fellmann's English was not up to the task.
Yes, I did ultimately enjoy and profit from the detailed account of Euler's life, but I imagine that someone not as passionate about the man and his works as myself would quickly lose interest, simply because Herr Fellmann forces the reader to work so incredibly hard.