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The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 93–97 | Cite as

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

PRINCETON AND OXFORD: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2016, 669 PP., US $55.00, ISBN 978-0-691-11927
  • Johan C.-E. Stén
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This biography of Leonhard Euler (1707–1783) by Ronald S. Calinger, professor emeritus of history at the Catholic University of America, has a long prehistory: the author recalls that he was already planning to write a Euler biography as a university student, but was wisely advised not to embark on such an ambitious project at that point. Producing a comprehensive and truthful intellectual biography of one of the most influential scientists of all times is a formidable task—so difficult indeed that many a historian would desist from even trying. Richard Westfall’s biography of Isaac Newton, Never at Rest (1980), remains a classic example of a similar enterprise. Even so, there do exist a few Euler biographies, in addition to an ever-increasing number of biographical articles and dictionary entries. The oldest one, Éloge de Monsieur Léonhard Euler(1783), written by Euler’s assistant and family member Nikolaus Fuss (who was son-in-law to Euler’s son Johann Albrecht), was soon...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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