This interesting book contains life stories of many remarkable mathematicians born in the period 1700-1903. It is divided into ten chapters and there are six biographies in each of them, giving sixty profiles altogether. The author has chosen important mathematicians who influenced mathematics by their ideas, teaching, or in some other way. The biographies are arranged chronologically, and the authors’ attention is devoted more to individual life stories than to details of their mathematical achievements. Each profile includes a portrait, a quotation from a personal letter, memories and estates. A short epilogue, a list of recommended references and a collection of the most important mathematical works are included.

This book can be recommended to all scientists and teachers of mathematics, the history and philosophy of mathematics, as well as to anyone interested in history of science. There is a lot of interesting information about people who contributed substantially to the development of mathematics.

Reviewer:

mnem