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Men of Mathematics Volume One

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Published 1953 by Pelican
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Jun 28, 2013 Elizabeth Finnegan rated it really liked it
This book is interesting on many levels, not just for its explanation of mathematical breakthroughs but also for the attitudes it conveys. Published in 1965 before Fermat's final theorem had been proved, it suggests that a basic proof is elementary and geometry is simple. No-one would get away with that now. Also shocking are attitudes to women and gay men.

Surprizing but not shocking is how it took before certain theories e.g. principle of duality in 1840s entered into mathematical thought. On
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Eric Temple Bell (February 7, 1883 – December 21, 1960) was a mathematician and science fiction author born in Scotland who lived in the U.S. for most of his life. He published his non-fiction under his given name and his fiction as John Taine.
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