## Hilbert

By Constance Reid

### Why this book?

David Hilbert was one of the great mathematicians of the early twentieth century. He also created an entire research environment at the University of Göttingen, founded on the fundamental assumption that there is a deep unity behind all of mathematics (an assumption that in part motivated me to write All the Math You Missed). From this school much of the mathematical triumphs of the last 100 years have sprung (especially from the revolutionary work rotating around the mathematics of Emmy Noether in the 1920s in Göttingen). At least that is my impression from reading this book. It inspires young mathematicians to believe that it is indeed possible that “mathematics is the ultimate description of reality.” It certainly had that effect on me as a college junior worrying about my future life.

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