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I Have a Photographic Memory
Paul R. Halmos, Santa Clara University, CA
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1987; 326 pp; softcover
Reprint/Revision History:
reprinted 1999
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1939-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1939-5
List Price: US$47
Member Price: US$37.60
Order Code: PHOMEM.S
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Paul R. Halmos, eminent mathematician and brilliant expositor, is also a snapshot addict. Between 1943 and 1988, Halmos photographed mathematicians, their spouses, their brothers and sisters and other relatives, their offices, their dogs, and their carillon towers. From the 6000 or so photographs in his collection, Halmos has chosen about 600 for this book. The pictures are candid shots showing mathematicians just being themselves. The accompanying captions, in addition to identifying the subjects, contain anecdotes and bits of history that reveal Halmos's inimitable wit, charm, and insight. This delightful collection of mathematical memorabilia has become a favorite browsing book as well as a valuable historical record. It is now available in a paperback edition.

Readership

General mathematical audience.

Reviews

"A book of considerable merit in several different ways ... pleasant reading for any mathematician, for many mathematicians' spouses, and for any other person interested in mathematics as it is lived. It gives a fascinating cross-section of mathematical life in the mid-twentieth century, and it provides considerable insight into the personality and interests of Professor Halmos himself."

-- Mathematical Reviews

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