Reviews to "Hermann Graßmann. Biography":
Historia Mathematica, Vol. 37 (2010) in press
(Review by Ivor Grattan-Guinness - Available online 25 January 2010: doi:10.1016/j.hm.2009.11.005)
“The biography is an English
translation of a book published by the same house as [Petsche, 2006]
and reviewed in these pages by [Lewis, 2009]. ...
The tale is not
just that of an applied mathematician and physicist; also noted are
Hermann’s remarkable Sanskrit dictionary of the Rig Veda poems
(1873–1875), and his work on the German language, plant names, and
chemistry education. ...
The author is correct to emphasize the role
of Schleiermacher’s philosophy, not only for its own signiﬁcance but
also because it is unusual for a mathematician to be consciously
inﬂuenced by a philosophy in the formation and development of his
MAA Reviews (The Mathematical Association of America Online)
(Review by Peter Ruane - Available online 18 March 2010)
summary, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this biography, and it must
surely be the seminal work on the life and times of Hermann Grassmann.
Moreover, it provides an interesting perspective on 19th century
mathematics in general, and the birth of modern geometry in particular.
The level of scholarship is consistently high ..."
Zentralblatt MATH Database 2010. Zbl 1195.01001
(Review by Roman Duda)
should welcome this English translation of the German original
[Graßmann. Vita Mathematica 13. Basel: Birkhäuser (2006; Zbl
1096.01012)]. The book, intended 'to critically appreciate and explain
the life and work of Hermann Günther Graßmann (1809-1877)', does it in
a clear and well documented way."
- BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, 2011, 26:2, 132-134
(Review by Keith Hannabuss)
book is a splendid addition to the literature. It is beautifully
illustrated with contemporary prints of the buildings and places where
Grassmann worked, portraits of the mathematicians and philosophers who
played a role in the story, pages from the books he wrote, and other
relevant documents. [...]
One of the many strengths of this
book is the background information which it provides. Together the
footnotes to each of its four chapters provide almost a thousand
detailed references to the sources. It is not only a work of
scholarship, but a pleasure to read, and I thoroughly recommend it."