Even to me, a

Mathematician of no mean standing, and the Grandfather of two most hopeful and perfectly regular Hexagons, to find myself in the midst of a crowd of rotating Polygons of the higher classes, is occasionally very perplexing.

Assuredly not, he said; I have hardly ever known a

mathematician who was capable of reasoning.

And I had little difficulty in determining the objects with which it was necessary to commence, for I was already persuaded that it must be with the simplest and easiest to know, and, considering that of all those who have hitherto sought truth in the sciences, the

mathematicians alone have been able to find any demonstrations, that is, any certain and evident reasons, I did not doubt but that such must have been the rule of their investigations.

These forms were like the cunning tables used by

mathematicians, which may be entered from top, bottom, right, and left, which entrances consist of scores of lines and dozens of columns, and from which may be drawn, without reasoning or thinking, thousands of different conclusions, all unchallengably precise and true.

These people are most excellent

mathematicians, and arrived to a great perfection in mechanics, by the countenance and encouragement of the emperor, who is a renowned patron of learning.

That Space, as our

mathematicians have it, is spoken of as having three dimensions, which one may call Length, Breadth, and Thickness, and is always definable by reference to three planes, each at right angles to the others.

Of the date of this origin, however, I grieve that I can only speak with that species of indefinite definiteness which

mathematicians are, at times, forced to put up with in certain algebraic formulae.

Then, Stelling was an Oxford man, and the Oxford men were always--no, no, it was the Cambridge men who were always good

mathematicians.

He said mathematics, like other sciences, was a collaborated activity, adding that Pakistani universities should maintain their contact with the international mathematical community through various means, like attending conferences and seminars abroad and inviting foreign

mathematicians to attend conferences in Pakistan.

And Lovelace, a little known but important Victorian

mathematician, set the children a challenge to improve their times tables during the visit organised by Kip McGrath Education Centres.

From Peirce (whose son, the

mathematician, geodesist, and philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce, is incorrectly portrayed in the images that appear between pages 140 and 141 of the book), the narrative moves to the turn of the twentieth century when William Fogg Osgood (1864-1943) and Maxime Bocher (1867-1918) brought their German training and research ideals back to a Harvard by then under the leadership of Charles Eliot.

Established by Canadian

mathematician John Fields, the award includes a cash prize of 8,000 pounds or nearly $13, 500, BBC News reported.