**Spectrum**

Volume: 7;
1993;
372 pp;
Hardcover

**Print ISBN: 978-0-88385-508-9
Product Code: SPEC/7**

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

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*Constance Reid*

MAA Press: An Imprint of the American Mathematical Society

Recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's
Beckenbach Book Prize in 1996!

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.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

Constance Reid, the foremost mathematical biographer of our time, has written a remarkable book, her best and most compelling yet. A writer of skill and intelligence, she could make even dull subjects interesting; given Bell to sink her teeth into, she has produced a dazzling piece of work.

-- College Mathematics Journal