Talk:Men of Mathematics

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I have editted this to remove rather frequently made, but unfair, criticisms of Bell. In particular the link to criticisms of his treatment of Galois is broken, and in any case Bell is frequently erroneous criticised for being the source of some very fanciful notions concerning Galois. The other was also to an unsupported criticism, and does not seem appropriate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.111.91.68 (talk) 10:23, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Hello, welcome to Wikipedia. Neither link is broken, is it? Neither of them is actually about Bell's book (they only mention it in passing), so it may be fine to remove it. Shreevatsa (talk) 14:55, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Copyvio[edit]

Is it ok to put a link to this book, since it's probably a pirate copy? Having died in 1960, I think Eric Temple Bell still has copyright over his works. Also, the text in article Richard Dedekind is a copy-and-paste of this book, and should be removed. Albmont (talk) 17:59, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Tony Rothman's article[edit]

It would be worthwhile to expand this article (particularly the parts dealing with criticism of the book) with references to Tony Rothman's article on Bell's "fictionalization" of Evariste Galois:

Psychonaut (talk) 14:06, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Gossip[edit]

The quote from Goldstein is inappropriate commentary on Men o' Math in exactly the same way as Men o' Math is supposedly poorish biography. It's gossip. Has any reputable historian weighed in on Bell's accuracy or at least openly expressed the opinion that such an exercise is not worth a reputable historian's trouble? THAT'S what belongs in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.11.185.250 (talk) 01:15, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Scholars Walter Pitts and Clifford Truesdell are quoted on Bell's veracity. Their opinion was elevated to higher profile by the quip in the novel.Rgdboer (talk) 21:29, 8 May 2014 (UTC)