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Leonhard Euler:
Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment
Ronald S. Calinger

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"The present monograph is an important contribution on Euler's life and on his achievements in various areas of human knowledge, being of interest to all people interested in the development of science in historical perspective."--S. Cobza¸ Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Methematica

"The text is clear; the book is a pleasure to read and will be easy to use. It weaves together Euler’s personal life, his education, and his activities in the intellectual life of the eighteenth century, noting the intrusion of events beyond his control. . . . Almost everything is included, from Euler’s simplest work and elementary teaching to his most insightful and influential papers and books. At every stage, we get a succinct account of what Euler did and why it mattered. . . . The book should be read by every historian of modern science, and it will form the basis for a new generation of Euler scholarship."--Jeremy Gray, Isis


"This is the first real biography of Leonhard Euler, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it is the most important book about Euler to appear in any western European language in the past century. The scholarship is absolutely first rate and is based largely on original sources, a monumental feat. Many of the details are new, but so is the grand synthesis that puts them together in one narrative. I learned something new from almost every page."--Dominic Klyve, Central Washington University

"Comprehensive and thorough, this study of the life, work, and times of Leonhard Euler is written in an accessible style and strikes the right balance between his technical accomplishments and historical context. This will be a standard, foundational work on which all future scholarship on Euler, eighteenth-century mathematics and science, and indeed Enlightenment intellectual life will rest."--Kathryn M. Olesko, Georgetown University

"This will be the authoritative work on Euler's life. Embodying a great deal of research and information, the book provides a complete biography, connecting the year-by-year circumstances of Euler's life with his scientific work. One of the book's strengths is its account of the personal, institutional, and political milieu that formed the context of Euler's career."--Craig Fraser, University of Toronto

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