Lizhen Ji’s new book “Great Mathematics Books of the Twentieth Century: a Personal Journey” has just been published. 季理真的新书”二十世纪伟大的数学书:个人之旅” 刚刚由高等教育出版社推出.
海量的数学书,哪些值得我们认真读, 哪些读后让我们对数学有更好的认识, 这些对门外汉, 学生, 年轻的学者和专家都是非常需要解决的问题. 季理真教授的新作”二十世纪伟大的数学书――个人之旅”)great mathematics books of the twentieth century: a personal journey)在这个问题上为我们带来了极大的便利. 本书比较全面收列了二十世纪以来最有影响的数学书并恰当地加以简评和引述其他评论. 本书收列的书目范围之广, 数量之大令人吃惊, 这需要作者广阔的视野, 艰辛的工作, 并花大量的时间请教很多不同方向的专家. 本书的作者完成了一项很有意义的工作, 本书定会让喜爱数学的读者受益.
另外本书还包含了作者从University of Michigan图书馆特藏馆图书中, 亲自拍摄 \(150\) 多幅著名的数学家及其著作的珍贵的照片. 其中有Newton伟大书的第一版, Euclid几何原本 \(15\) 世纪版本, 第一彩色版等.作者对这些数学家的成就以及一些奇闻趣事给于简单的介绍, 这也使得本书内容更加丰富.
书是非常的厚实, \(667\) 页, 装帧的非常漂亮, 价格不高, 绝对值得向大家推荐. 开卷有益是这本书最好的注脚. 本书应当成为每一个数学工作者书架上的必备.
In this book, we list and introduce some interesting, important or useful mathematics books. Most selected books were published during the twentieth century. For the convenience of the reader, we have arranged books according to topics. Besides some introductions and comments, we also quote from informative reviews of these books from sources including MathSciNet, Zentralblatt Math and the Bulletin of the American Mathematica Society. A common way for people to pick out books to read is to follow recommendations of either book reviews or experts. The list of books is probably the most interesting part of this book. Once the titles or authors’ names are known, it is relatively easy to find valuable information and reviews about the book from many different sources (but it might take some efforts to find good books on subjects outside one’s expertise.) In spite of this, we hope that additional information provided here about these books might be helpful and convenient. We hope that such a list of books in contemporary mathematics might be helpful to other people and students who are interested in finding out what kind of mathematics books exist and have been read or enjoyed by others, or who are simply interested in mathematics books.
This book could not exist without the kind help from many experts in various fields. I would like to thank the following people for their opinions, suggestions, comments, criticism, corrections, interests and encouragement: Maxim Arap, Tim Austin, Jinho Baik, Oliver Baues, Vitaly Bergelson, Jean-Michel Bismut, Andreas Blass, Patrick Boland, Martin Bridson, Dan Burns, Peter Buser, Richard Canary, John Coates, Joseph Conlon, S.G. Dani, Igor Dolgachev, Peter Duren, Weinan E, Alexandre Eremenko, Tom Farrell, Sergey Fomin, Jacques Franchi, Kenji Fukaya, Bill Fulton, Francis Fung, Sergei Gelfand, David Harbater, William Harvey, Elton Hsu, Mattias Jonsson, Manfred Karbe, Linda Keen, Hans Koelsch, Kai Kohler, Igor Kriz, Jeff Lagarias, Robert Lazarsfeld, Enrico Leuzinger, Tien-Yien Li, Wenbo Li, Eduard Looijenga, Hugh Montgomery, Kumar Murty, Louis Nirenberg, Peter Olver, Athanase Papadopoulos, Hugo Parlier, Katrik Prasana, Stratos Prassidis, Mikael Ragstedt, Andrei Rapinchuk, Frank Raymond, John Schotland, Leonard Scott, Mei-Chi Shaw, Reyer Sjamaar, Peter Smereka, Ralf Spatzier, Christopher Stark, Alejandro Uribe, Roman Vershynin, Divakar Viswanath, Charles Weibel, Trevor Wooley, Scott Wolpert, Ping Zhang, Weiping Zhang, Michael Zieve, and Steve Zucker.
I would also like to thank Dr. Graeme Fairweather, the director of MathSciNet, for his permission to quote from reviews in MathSciNet and Zentrablatt Math for providing me the full access to its data base during the preparation of this book.
Especially I would like to thank my wife, Lan Wang, for suggesting the key word “journey” in the subtitle and for her encouragement, my oldest daughter Lena for drawing the picture for this book which is based on many famous books related to mathematics, and my youngest daughter Karen for proof-reading the preface and introduction.
Finally I would like to thank Liping Wang of the Higher Education Press for her interests in this unusual project, and her time and efforts in carefully editing this book. She made suggestions for many new features and improvements to this book. For example, the idea of inclusion of pictures of libraries and other buildings of University of Michigan came from her, and the idea of inclusion of many pictures of old and rare mathematics books arose from discussion with her. I would also like to thank Shannian Lu of the Higher Education Press for preparing the index of books which have been translated into Chinese or reprinted in China.
One reason for including these pictures of mathematics books is that though ancient and classical mathematics books are not read by many people now, they had greatly influenced the development of mathematics and are still interesting to many mathematicians. According to one Chinese proverb, “One picture is worth ten thousand words”. We hope that these pictures and the accompanying comments might be both interesting and informative to the reader. For example, by putting them together, we can see from these pictures of old books how book printing has changed over the past centuries, and how the authors of these books have left their permanent marks on the history of mathematics. At the beginning of each chapter and section, we have tried to select pictures which fit the topics under discussion, but it is not clear whether we have succeeded due to many obvious constraints and the lack of knowledge of the author.
All pictures used in this book come from the Special Collections Library and the other libraries of the University of Michigan. Except for the picture of a collection of books on the cover and for the picture of the Galileo manuscript at the beginning of Chapter 10, almost all other pictures were taken by the author. I would like to thank the staff members of the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, in particular the curator Peggy Daub, for providing these two special pictures and for their help which made it possible for me to view and take pictures of over one hundred rare mathematics books at the special collections library. It was the first time I came in close contact with these great mathematics books by old masters, and flipping through these books was both a humbling and inspiring experience for me.
书名: Great Mathematics Books of the Twentieth Century: a Personal Journey(二十世纪伟大的数学书:个人之旅)
作者: Lizhen Ji(季理真)
出版社: 高等教育出版社; 第1版 (2013年6月1日)
定价: 89 人民币元
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