A Most Influential Problem Set

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Science  03 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5569, pp. 853-854
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070969

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The Honors Class Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers. Benjamin H. Yandell. A. K. Peters, Natick, MA, 2002. 496 pp. $39. ISBN 1-56881-141-1.

The collection of problems David Hilbert presented at the dawn of the 20th century played a major role in shaping the subsequent course of mathematical research. Yandell's sketches of the lives of the people who tackled these problems place the research in its intellectual and philosophical context.