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Cztery szkice z przesztosci matematyki. Euler, Cantor, Sierpinski w Moskwie, Dwie Warszawy (Four essays on the history of mathematics: Euler, Cantor, Sierpinski in Moscow, Two Warsaws), by Jerzy Mioduszewski.

Cztery szkice z przesztosci matematyki. Euler, Cantor, Sierpinski w Moskwie, Dwie Warszawy

(Four essays on the history of mathematics: Euler, Cantor, Sierpinski in Moscow, Two Warsaws), by Jerzy Mioduszewski. Krakow: Impuls (www.impulsoficyna.com.pl), 2013. 185 pages. ISBN 978-83-7850-280-7. Paper. In Polish.

Adistinguished Polish mathematician writes about Leonard Euler, Georg Cantor, Waclaw Sierpinski, and many others. But he also writes about himself, his life, his wonderment at encountering mathematics' milestones. Personal stories are interwoven with discoveries in the world of mathematics, while Polish history (a good chunk of recent history witnessed by the author himself) supplies an incisive commentary on the abstract problems of mathematicians. This is a book about those whose mathematical world was shattered by the all-too-real invasion of Western and Eastern barbarians. Put another way, it is a history of Polish mathematics in the twentieth century. We usually remember the fallen soldiers and the Zamosc Polish Catholic children taken away from their parents and either gassed or sent to Germany to be raised as Germans, but we forget that every single profession paid a hecatomb in World War Two. Here you will read about those Polish mathematicians who died in their thirties instead of their eighties. Truly a unique chronicle of what one big war can do to a society and its best representatives.

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