Could you recommend a historically rigorous biography of L. Euler (if possible with discussions and examples of the mathematics he was doing)?

Edit: I'd rather prefer a book (not necessarily about Euler alone) or a thorough article.

  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried MacTutor? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:28
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila yes, I'm looking for something more thorough (like a book or long article). $\endgroup$
    – nabla
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:37
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    $\begingroup$ I once took a course from this mathematician whose personal hero was Euler. Here is a presentation he gave on Euler. math.univ-lyon1.fr/~clarke/Clarke_Euler_Talk.pdf $\endgroup$
    – Calculon
    Jun 15, 2015 at 8:58
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    $\begingroup$ Try 1. "Euler: The Master of Us All" By William Dunham, Published By Mathematical Association of America. 2. gbenthien.net/Euler/Euler.pdf $\endgroup$
    – Wishwas
    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:52
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    $\begingroup$ Look in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, this is the only reliable source for mathematicians' biographies. $\endgroup$ Jun 16, 2015 at 11:26

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The standard reference seems to be

Euler: The Master of Us All by William Dunham.

See also

Leonhard Euler by Emil A. Fellmann.

There is a short article here:

Biography: Leonhard Euler, by B. F. Finkel.
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 12 (Dec., 1897), pp. 297-302

See also The Euler Archive, in particular its Historical and Biographical Resources page.


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