language publications: “Mathematik ur Sonntagnachmittag: Weitere 5
Geschichten aus Mathematik und Wissenschaft”, Verlag Neue Z¨urche
Zeitung, urich, 2006, and “Mathematischer Cocktail: Zauberw¨ urfel, di
Liebe zu den Warteschlangen und weitere Geschichten”, Verlag Neue Z¨u
cher Zeitung, urich, 2008.
An earlier version of “Bella Abramovna Subbotovskaya and the “Jewis
People’s University”” was previously published in Notices Amer. Math
Society 54, no. 10 (2007), pp. 1326–1330.
An earlier version of “Interview with Stephen Smale” was previousl
published in Notices Amer. Math. Society 54, no. 8 (2007), 995–997.
2000 Mathematics Subject Classification. Primary 00Axx, 01Axx, 97–XX
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Szpiro, George, 1950–
A mathematical medley : fifty easy pieces on mathematics / George G. Szpiro
translated by Eva Burke.
p. cm.
Translation of 20 stories from Mathematischer Cocktail and 21 stories fro
Mathematik ur Sonntagnachmittag, with nine new stories.
ISBN 978-0-8218-4928-6 (alk. paper)
1. Mathematics—Miscellanea. I. Title.
QA93.S973 2010
510—dc22
200905321
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