The Scholar and the State: In Search of Van der Waerden



Bartel Leendert van der Waerden made major contributions to algebraic geometry, abstract algebra, quantum mechanics, and other fields. He liberally published on the history of mathematics. His 2-volume work Modern Algebra is one of the most influential and popular mathematical books ever written. It is therefore surprising that no monograph has been dedicated to his life and work. Van der Waerden’s record is complex. In attempting to understand his life, the author assembled thousands of…

Virtual Billions: The Genius, the Drug Lord, and the Ivy League Twins Behin…



Bitcoin, the digital currency, was introduced in 2009 with little fanfare; five years later, shocking the world, it was worth $14 billion. This book explores the cyber currency by focusing on the remarkable stories and intriguing personalities ofthose responsible for its sudden success: Satoshi Nakamoto, the reclusive and anonymous genius who created Bitcoin; Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, administrator of the largest and most successful Dark Web drug superstore, using Bitcoin…

Naked Ape, Naked Boss: The Man Behind the Singapore Zoo and the world’s fir…



Bernard Harrison is credited for having shaped Singapore’s most attractive and iconic leisure destinations – the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari. For nearly 30 years he was intimately involved and engaged with the transformation and creative developments of these nature parks. This book explores Harrison’s journey and focuses on the critical phases which served as moments of reckoning. How easy was it for this passionate and determined man who couldn’t and wouldn’t take “no” for an answer…

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