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I am looking for a good book on Noether's life. Not only a biography, but a book that also explains her life's work to a general, somewhat mathematically mature audience. If such a book is not available, then a book aimed at graduate students would be the next best thing.

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Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem by Dwight E. Neuenschwander.

The title says it all: the book explains Noether's theorem in detail. Everything is derived and explained from scratch: the action principle, symmetries, Lagrangians, Hamiltonians,... The style very reader-friendly, it is not a textbook. However, the book is only meant for those who have enough mathematical background (in particular maths and physics undergrads). The introduction contains a short (4-page) biography.

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  • $\begingroup$ According to a recent-ish article in the Bulletin of the AMS this book is historically quite inaccurate. $\endgroup$ Apr 8, 2015 at 15:41
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Some books about Emmy Noether:

  1. A. Dick: Emmy Noether 1882-1935

  2. M. B. W. Tent: Emmy Noether, The Mother of Modern Algebra

  3. D. E. Neuenschwander: Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem

  4. Y. Kosmann-Schwarzbach: The Noether Theorems, Invariance and Conservation Laws in the Twentieth Century

The first two is more biographical, the last two contain formal details too.

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