Amir Alexander
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Amir Alexander

Amir Alexander is a writer, historian, and mathematician living in Los Angeles. His latest book, Proof! How the World Became Geometrical (2019) tells the story of how geometry, conceived over 2000 years ago, came to shape the world we know today. From the gardens of Versailles to the streets of Washington DC and beyond, geometry has not only fashioned our landscapes, but also our art, our ideals, and our politics Amir's previous books have focused on the deep interconnections between mathematics and our human world. Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World (2014), brought to life the fierce struggles surrounding the infinitely small in the 17th century. At stake was not just a mathematical concept, but the shape of the modern world, its social hierarchies and political order. Infinitesimal was selected as one of the top books of 2014 by Slate magazine. In "Duel at Dawn" (2010), he offered a look at three romantic young mathematicians - Galois, Abel, and Bolyai - and showed how their mathematical breakthroughs were inseparable from their short and tragic lives and from the legends that grew around them. Writing in the New Criterion, Martin Gardner called the book, "a marvelous history." Amir's first book, "Geometrical Landscapes," showed how early mathematicians came to view their research as a heroic voyage of exploration, setting the stage for modern mathematics. Published in 2002, it was called "an exceptional, seminal work" by Choice magazine. Amir has taught history, philosophy, and the history of science at Stanford and UCLA, served on the editorial board of the journal Isis, and published extensively in academic journals. He has contributed to the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Nature, and other publications. He has been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered, Science Friday, and elsewhere.
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