Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World
This is essentially a coffee table book. A collection of Mathematicians (incuding Field’s medallists and other prominent individuals) photographed in ‘black and white’ by a skilled photographer is accompanied by an entry by the Mathematician.
I had originally intended to read one or two entries in my spare time but I was engaged by the stories. This cross scection may not be representative. It did, however, provide insights into the formative factors involved in the Mathematician’s journey to becoming professionals in their field. The diversity of geographical, cultural and socioeconimic backgrounds was inspiring. The range of personality traits suggested by the entries was food for thought for me. The importance of family and mentors seemed to be prevalent, A self sustaining passion and curiosity also suggested itself to me.
The photographs are interesting and the choices of surroundings and poses by the subjects was interesting.