|The Artist and the mathematician
Amir Aczel||High Stakes, 2006||ISBN: 9781843440390
The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed . Amir Aczel's book has a strange title, but then the story of Bourbaki is rather strange. Originally a joke, the Bourbaki name became a focus for updating the syllabus of mathematics in French universities, and eventually grew into a huge project to rewrite mathematics from the bottom up. As such it had great influence in the mathematical world, bringing a new sense of rigor to the way mathematics is done, as well as leading to initiatives such as New Math in the USA.