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James Joseph Sylvester


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1: Negotiating 'the world's slippery path' 2: Laying the foundation of a theory of invariants 3: Battling the authorities and the muses 4: Ending and beginning a career 5: 'Moulding the mathematical education of 55 million' Americans 6: Returning home


'Professor Parshall has made it her buisiness to follow Sylvester down the years in all contries he visited and she has presented us with a vivid picture of the man.She has gone beyond the myth and beyond Bell's indelible journalism and has consolidated and updated R.C Archibald's pioneering work. Sylvester's blood courses through his veins as we witness those years of intense creativity.Mathematicians will appreciate the clear exposition of mathematics of time..The ample footnotes are exceptionally well researched and informative. This book will be most widely read by mathematicians but will also be invaluable to those interested in the social history of Britain and its European connections' The Mathematical Gazette '...this scholary work...the reviewer knows of hardly any other edition containing such valuable and complete information as is provided here on every topic or person mentioned or allueded to in the letters...Most welcome! MATH

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