By Luke Hodgkin

Even supposing the bankruptcy issues stick to the present version of heritage of arithmetic textual content books (compare the desk of contents Victor J. Katz's background of arithmetic; significantly similar), the textual content has a power, intensity, and honesty discovered all too seldom in a textual content publication mathematical heritage. this isn't the common text-book on technical historical past that may be brushed aside (as Victor J. Katz's can be) as "a pack of lies" with in basic terms "slight exageration" (to quote William Berkson's Fields of Force).Also, the textual content is daring adequate to cite and translate the particular and general form of presentation utilized in Bourbaki conferences: "tu es demembere foutu Bourbaki" ("you are dismmembered [..]) [a telegram despatched by means of Bourbaki staff to Cartan, informing him that his publication was once approved and will be published]. Luke Hodgkin's textual content dispenses with the asterisk (see p.241).