The Search for E. T. Bell: Also Known as John Taine

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Cambridge University Press, 1993 - Mathematics - 372 pages
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Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960) was a distinguished mathematician and a best selling popularizer of mathematics. His Men of Mathematics, still in print after almost sixty years, inspired scores of young readers to become mathematicians. Under the name of John Taine, he also published science fiction novels (among them The Time Stream, Before the Dawn, and The Crystal Horde) that served to broaden the subject matter of that genre during its early years. In The Search for E. T. Bell, Constance Reid has given us a compelling account of this complicated, difficult man who never divulged to anyone, not even to his wife and son, the story of his early life and family background. Her book is thus more of a mystery than a traditional biography. It begins with the discovery of an unexpected inscription in an English churchyard and a series of cryptic notations in a boy's schoolbook. Then comes an inadvertent revelation, by Bell himself, in a respected mathematical journal. You will have to read the book to learn the rest.
 

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Contents

A Cat That Cant Be Caught
3
An Unanticipated Question
11
What Lyle Had Learned
19
Who Was Mrs James Bell?
27
They Say What They Say Let Them
35
The Fishcurers of Peterhead
43
From the Corner of Dark House Lane
51
In Gold Coin of the United States
59
A Lusty Old Subject
139
The Poetry of Mathematics
153
Metamorphosis
165
Parallel Worlds
177
All This
217
Dr Bell and Mr Taine
231
Queen of the Sciences
245
Searching
261

A California Valley
67
A Maker of Mathematicians
77
Going Their Separate Ways
87
Return to Eden
97
The Forces of Nature
107
Fateful If Not Fated
119
The Decisive Event
129
The Human Side of Mathematics
275
Of a Man and Mathematics
289
September Song
307
Winding Down
325
The Last Problem
341
Index
359
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