"Comprehensive and thorough, this study of the life, work, and times of Leonhard Euler is written in an accessible style and strikes the right balance between his technical accomplishments and historical context. This will be a standard, foundational work on which all future scholarship on Euler, eighteenth-century mathematics and science, and indeed Enlightenment intellectual life will rest."—Kathryn M. Olesko, Georgetown University
Leonhard Euler, written by historian of mathematics Ronald Calinger, is perhaps the first biography that attempts to offer a panoramic view of this immense body of work. . . . This impressively researched tome will be of great value to anyone with a serious interest in the history of mathematics and the Enlightenment.---David Castelvecchi, Nature
This biography gives a complete picture of the person Euler and his scientific work. For the interested reader a must.
The author deserves praise for tackling such a serious project with huge amounts of detailed and complex material. . . . An excellent reference resource on all matters related to Euler’s life and work.---Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, London Mathematical Society Newsletter
The book is so rich in information that it makes it the best reference work on Euler that is currently available. . . . This book will be a standard for many years to come.---Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society
The text is clear; the book is a pleasure to read and will be easy to use. It weaves together Euler's personal life, his education, and his activities in the intellectual life of the eighteenth century, noting the intrusion of events beyond his control. . . . Almost everything is included, from Euler’s simplest work and elementary teaching to his most insightful and influential papers and books. At every stage, we get a succinct account of what Euler did and why it mattered. . . . The book should be read by every historian of modern science, and it will form the basis for a new generation of Euler scholarship.---Jeremy Gray, Isis
[A]n impressive work of scientific biography. . . . A fascinating portrait of Euler, his work and the world around him.
This work befits Leonhard Euler, one of the greatest mathematicians ever, and fills in details that raise his stature even further. Calinger is respected for his texts that explore the history of mathematics. This focused effort is his best! Calinger successfully embeds Euler's mathematical and physics results in a rich context--cultural, political, religious, and intellectual--while providing great insight into Euler as a person. . . . Read this book about Euler and be enlightened!
"This is the first real biography of Leonhard Euler, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it is the most important book about Euler to appear in any western European language in the past century. The scholarship is absolutely first rate and is based largely on original sources, a monumental feat. Many of the details are new, but so is the grand synthesis that puts them together in one narrative. I learned something new from almost every page."—Dominic Klyve, Central Washington University
The present monograph is an important contribution on Euler's life and on his achievements in various areas of human knowledge, being of interest to all people interested in the development of science in historical perspective.---S. Cobza¸, Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Methematica
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"This will be the authoritative work on Euler's life. Embodying a great deal of research and information, the book provides a complete biography, connecting the year-by-year circumstances of Euler's life with his scientific work. One of the book's strengths is its account of the personal, institutional, and political milieu that formed the context of Euler's career."—Craig Fraser, University of Toronto
An excellent new biography.---Mark Ronan, Standpoint
Ronald Calinger's impressively detailed biography memorably portrays an extraordinarily able scientist rather than a hero of the Enlightenment as it is conventionally conceived.---Ulinka Rublack, Times Literary Supplement
Written in a masterly manner.---Eberhard Knobloch, Zentralblatt MATH