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Michael Barany

Michael Barany

Michael Barany holds a lectureship in the History of Science at the University of Edinburgh. He studies the relationship between abstract knowledge and the modern world. He’s on twitter at @MBarany and @MathHistFacts.

Photo taken in the Bourbaki Congress of 1938 in Dieulefit

The Mathematical Pranksters behind Nicolas Bourbaki

Bourbaki was gnomic and mythical, impossible to pin down; his mathematics just the opposite: unified, unambiguous, free of human idiosyncrasy.