## The Magic of NumbersIn this stimulating, thought-provoking book, one of the foremost interpreters for laymen of the history and meaning of mathematics invites readers to join him in probing the origins of mathematical thought to the modern era. Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), a former professor of mathematics at California Institute of Technology and prolific author, combines a fascinating history of ideas with an engaging series of life stories of the brilliant thinkers who forged mathematical history. |

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### Contents

CHAPTER PAGE | 1 |

A MISCARRIAGE OF REASON | 220 |

CHAPTER PAGE 22 SAINTS AND HERETICs | 312 |

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