Biographical References for History of Math

Call numbers refer to the Auraria Library holdings
Books in red are also in my personal collection


Bellman, Richard, Eye of the Hurricane: an autobiography, Singapore: World Scientific, 1984 QA29.B45 A3 1984
Cardano, Girolamo, The Book of My Life (De Vita Propria Liber), New York: New York Review Books, 2002
A bright star of the Italian Renaissance, Cardano was an internationally-sought-after astrologer, physician, and natural philosopher, a creator of modern algebra, and the inventor of the universal joint.
Halmos, Paul R., I want to be a Mathematician, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1985 QA29.H19A35 1985
A mathematician and expositor. He has contributed much to ergodic theory, algebraic logic, operator theory and to mathematical literature in general.
Hardy, G.H., A Mathematician's Apology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967 QA7.H3 1967
"A highly readable, philosophic, albeit brief, autobiographical treatment of a famous mathematician's role in the development of his life's obsession [Number Theory]." New Technical Books. Although not intended as an autobiography, it serves as one. The excellent biographical introduction by C.P. Snow provides some of the details.
Kac, Mark, Enigmas of Chance: An Autobiography, New York: Harper & Row, 1985
"... one of the founders of probability theory and a leader of contemporary mathematical thought. His autobiography gives insight into the creative process and the nature of scientific and mathematical discovery, against a backdrop defined by Kac's scientific and personal life and by his times." - James Glimm, American Scientist.
Kovalevskaya, Sofya, A Russian Childhood (Vospominaniia detstva), New York: Springer Verlag, 1978 QA29.K67 A3513
Translated from the Russian. Complex analysis. Solved the problem of rotation of a rigid body about a fixed point.
Russell, Bertrand, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1968, 1969. 2 Vols. B1649.R94 A34 1970
Mathematical logic.
Somerville, Mary, Personal Recollections of Mary Somerville, Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1874.
Mathematical physicist and scientific expositor.
Weil, André, Apprenticeship of a Mathematician (Souvenirs d'apprentissage), Basel, Boston: Birkhäuser Verlag, 1992 QA29.W455 A3 1992
Translated from the French.
Wiener, Norbert, Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood and Youth, Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: M.I.T. Press
The first of a two-part autobiography.
Wiener, Norbert, I am a Mathematician: The Later Life of a Prodigy, Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: M.I.T. Press, 1956 QA29.W497 A35 1964
The second part of his autobiography. A pioneer in information theory and feedback systems. He coined the term "cybernetics".
Ulam, S.M., Adventures of a Mathematician, New York: Charles Scibner's Sons, 1976 QA29.U4 A33
A member of the famous Polish mathematical school. One of the first to use and advocate computers for scientific research. Co-authored a paper that was the basis for the construction of the hydrogen bomb.


Abel,N.H. (1802-1829)
Ore, Oystein. Niels Henrik Abel: Mathematician Extraordinary New York, NY: Chelsea, 1974
d'Alembert, Jean (1717-1783)
Hankins, Thomas. Jean d'Alembert: science and the enlightenment, Oxford:Clarendon Press, 1970 QA29.A4 H35 1970
Boole,G. (1815-1864)
MacHale, Desmond. George Boole: His Life and Work Dublin: Boole Press, 1985
Brouwer, A.E.
van Stigt, Walter P. Brouwer's Intuitionism Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1990
Cantor, Georg (1845-1918)
Dauben, J.W., Georg Cantor: His Mathematics and Philosophy of the Infinite, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990
Cardano, Girolamo (1501-1576)
Ore, Oystein. Cardano: The Gambling Scholar Mineola, NY: Dover, 1965 Q143.C307 1965
Cauchy, A.L. (1789-1857)
Belhoste, Bruno. Augustin-Louis Cauchy: A Biography New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1991 QA29.C36 B4513 1991
Courant, Richard (1888-1972)
Reid, Constance, Hilbert-Courant, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1986 QA29.H5 R42 1986
Descartes,R. (1596-1650)
Scott, J.F. The Scientific Work of Rene Descartes (1596--1650) Bristol, PA: Taylor and Francis, 1952, 1976 Q125.S44 1952e
Fermat, P. (1601?-1665)
Mahoney, Michael S. The Mathematical Career of Pierre de Fermat, 1601--1665 Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973 QA29.F45 M33 1973
Fisher, R.A.
Box, Joan Fisher. R.A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist New York, NY: John Wiley, 1978 QA29.F57 B68
Fourier, J. (1768-1830)
Grattan-Guinness, I. Joseph Fourier, 1768--1830 Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1972
Galois, E. (1811-1832)
Infeld, Leopold. Whom the Gods Love: The Story of Evariste Galois Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1978
Gauss, C.F. (1777-1855)
Buhler, Walter K. Gauss: A Biographical Study New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1981 QA29.G3 B83
Germain, Sophie (1776-1831)
Bucciarelli, Louis L. and Dworsky, Nancy. Sophie Germain: An Essay in the History of the Theory of Elasticity Norwell, MA: D. Reidel, 1980
Godel, K.
Wang, Hao. Reflections on Kurt Godel Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1987 QA29.G58 W36 1987
Hamilton, Sir W.R. (1805-1865)
Hankins, Thomas L. Sir William Rowan Hamilton Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980 QA29.H2 H36
O'Donnell, Sean. William Rowan Hamilton: Portrait of a Prodigy Dublin: Boole Press, 1983
Hilbert, David (1862-1943)
Reid, Constance, Hilbert-Courant, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1986 QA29.H5 R42 1986
Hypatia (370-415)
Kingsley, Charles, Hypatia, Chicago: E.A. Weeks & Co. (Fiction)
Kovalevskaya, Sonya (1850-1891)
Cooke, Roger. The Mathematics of Sonya Kovalevskaya New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1984 QA300.C65 1984
Leffler, Anna Carlotta, Sonya Kovalevsky, London: T.Fisher Unwin, 1895
Polubarinova-Kochina, P., Sophia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, Her Life and Work, Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1957
Koblitz, Ann Hibner. A Convergence of Lives, Sofia Kovalevskaia: Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary New York, NY: Birkhauser, 1983 QA29.K67 K6 1983
Lie, Sophus (1842-1899)
Stubhend, Arild. The mathematician Sophus Lie: it was the audacity of my thinking (Det var mine tankers djervhet), Berlin, New York:Springer Verlag, 2002 QA29.L29 S8813 2002
Liebniz, G.W. (1646-1716)
Aiton, E.J. Leibniz: A Biography New York, NY: Adam Hilger, 1985 B2597.A67 1985
Calinger, Ronald. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Troy, NY: Rensselaer Polytech Institute, 1976
Liouville, J. (1805-1882)
Lutzen, Jesper. Joseph Liouville, 1809--1882: Master of Pure and Applied Mathematics New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1990 QA29.L62 J67 1990
Lovelace, Ada Augusta (1815-1852)
Baum, Joan. The Calculating Passion of Ada Byron Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1986 QA29.L72 B38 1986
Newton, I. (1642-1727)
Fauvel, John, et al., eds. Let Newton Be! A New Perspective on His Life and Works New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1988 QC16.N7 L47 1988
Gjertsen, Derek. The Newton Handbook London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1986 QC16.N7 G54 1986
Westfall, Richard S. Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1983 QC16.N7 W35 1980
Noether, Emmy (1882-1935)
Brewer, James W. and Smith, Martha K., eds. Emmy Noether: A Tribute to Her Life and Work New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, 1981 QA29.N6 E47
Dick, Auguste. Emmy Noether, 1882--1935 New York, NY: Birkhauser, 1981 QA29.N6 D513
Srinivasan, Bhama and Sally, Judith D., eds. Emmy Noether in Bryn Mawr New York, NY: Springer-Verlag, 1983 QA1.E52 1983
Peano, G. (1858-1932)
Kennedy, Hubert C. Peano: Life and Works of Giuseppe Peano Norwell, MA: D. Reidel, 1980
Ramanujan, Aiyangar Srinivasa (1887-1920)
Kanigel, Robert, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1991 QA29.R3 K36 1992
Robinson, Abraham (1918-1974)
Dauben, J.W. Abraham Robinson:The creation of non-standard analysis: a personal and mathematical odyssey, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995 QA29.R57 D38 1995
Turing, A.
Hodges, Andrew. Alan Turing, The Enigma New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1983 QA29.T8 H63 1983
Ulam, S.M.
Cooper, Necia G., ed. From Cardinals to Chaos: Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Stanislaw Ulam New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1989
von Neumann, John (1903-1957)
Aspray, William. John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990 QA76.5 A77446 1990
Wallis, J. (1616-1703)
Scott, J.F. The Mathematical Work of John Wallis, New York, NY: Chelsea, 1981. Second Edition.
Wiener, N. (1894-1964)
Masani, Pesi. Norbert Wiener, 1894--1964 New York, NY: Birkhauser, 1990
Zariski, O.
Parikh, Carol. The Unreal Life of Oscar Zariski San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1991 QA29.Z37 P37 1991

Biographical Collections

Albers, Donald J. and Alexanderson, Gerald L., eds. Mathematical People: Profiles and Interviews
New York, NY: Birkhauser, 1985. (on reserve at Auraria Library)
Albers, Donald J., et al., eds. More Mathematical People
New York,NY: Academic Press, 1990.(on reserve at Auraria Library)
Bell, Eric T. Men of Mathematics
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1937.
Gillespie, Charles Coulton, ed., Dictionary of Scientific Biography
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970--1980 (Auraria only has the abridged version, it is on reserve)
Mozans, H.J., Women in Science
Notre Dame Press, 1991 (on reserve at Auraria Library)
Osen, Lynn M., Women in Mathematics
Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: M.I.T. Press, 1974 (on reserve at Auraria Library)
Perl, Teri, Math Equals: Biographies of Women Mathematicians + Related Activities
Menlo Park, Cal.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1978 (on reserve at Auraria Library)

This bibliography of biographies has been compiled from several on-line sources. I have used the MAA list of basic books in history of mathematics (Copyright 1998 The Mathematical Association of America) and Thomas Bartlow's (Villanova) listing
Return to <a href="m4010.html"> index</a> (non-frame version) <hr>