The name Bourbaki is known to every mathematician. Many also know something of the origins of Bourbaki, yet few know the full story. In 1935, a small group of young mathematicians in France decided to write a fundamental treatise on analysis to replace the standard texts of the time. They ended up writing the most influential and sweeping mathematical treatise of the twentieth century, Les Elements de Mathematique. Maurice Mashaal lifts the veil from this secret society, showing us how heated debates, schoolboy humor, and the devotion and hard work of the members produced the ten books that took them over sixty years to write. The book has many first-hand accounts of the origins of Bourbaki, their meetings, their seminars, and the members themselves. He also discusses the lasting influence that Bourbaki has had on mathematics, through both the Elements and the Seminaires. The book is illustrated with numerous remarkable photographs.
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An history of the group of french mathematicians, created in 1935, that had such a tremendous influence in mathematics and its teaching in the second half of the twentieth century. A very interesting ... Read full review
On the whole I enjoyed the book, but there were several typos and grammatical errors. This kind of ruined it for me as I would be happily reading along and then get angry at the sloppiness. Several of these errors were just plain unacceptable as they would have been noticed by anyone reading the text, let alone someone reading the text carefully. Even the name Bourbaki is misspelled at some point! Argh.