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mathematics in verse24 Mar. 2003
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It is part of the romance of mathematics that mathematicians can work anywhere, can flaunt their eccentricities, and yet create a universe of definitions, axioms, and theorems often with far-reaching applications. So it was with the mathematicians -- Banach, Ulam, Saks, Mazur, and others -- of the Scottish Cafe in Lvov. They did great mathematics in the evenings over pastries and coffee, wrote problems on the left side of a book's page and solutions on the right. When the Second World War swept over their city, many were murdered, but the book survived, hidden near a soccer goal post. Case captures the spirit of the time and these personalities, making the book a delightful read.