Four volumes, edited by James Newman, published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 1956.
James Newman was an extraordinary man. He was a lawyer and, during WW2, was Chief Intelligence Officer at the US Embassy in London. After the war, among other things, he became a member of the board of editors for Scientific American.
The format of the four volumes is:
- a topic, such as “The Mathematics of Infinity”
- a commentary by James Newman
- a selection of essays on the topic by the mathematicians: Edmund Halley; Jacob Bernoulli; Sir Ronald Fisher; Sir Arthur Eddington; Bertrand Russell; Charles Sanders Peirce.
It is not a light read. It does not skate over a topic. If you read Hans Hahn’s essay on Infinity, you come away with a good understanding of Cantor’s proof of an infinite number of infinities.
Republished by Dover Publications: