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Angles of Reflection: Logic and a Mother's Love

Richards, Joan L.

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ISBN 10: 0716738317 / ISBN 13: 9780716738312
Published by W H Freeman & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2000
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RARE Advance Reading Copy-Bound Gally-Uncorrected Text-Not For Sale. 1st Printing-Stated. Has to be a 1st Edition since this is an ARC. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. BEAUTIFUL copy of book and cover. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Bookseller Inventory # 001445

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Title: Angles of Reflection: Logic and a Mother's ...

Publisher: W H Freeman & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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In this narrative, Richards (history of mathematics, Brown, U.) interweaves her experiences with her son, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age nine, and her concurrent intellectual involvement with the life and work of the 19th-century mathematician Augustus De Morgan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"Joan Richards, one of our leading historians of science, has written a tale of three cities and two time frames. Angles of Reflection gives a contrapuntal account of her experience as the mother of an injured son and her professional perceptions as a biographer of Augustus De Morgan. I found it unique in its display of courage and resolution and in its blend of the personal and the historical."
--Philip J. Davis, co-author of The Mathematical Experience

"A gripping story, at once an intensely personal account by a mother of her child's illnesses and a reexamination of the history of probability theory by an accomplished historian of mathematics. Joan Richards writes with intelligence and sensitivity, and--a rare accomplishment--she uses her experiences of family and work to brilliantly illuminate one another. This is a highly original book, beautifully and passionately written. It is both edifying and pleasurable to read."
--Joan Wallach Scott, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

"I found Joan Richards' Angles of Reflection to be a brave and moving book. Brave because she dares to breach the wall between her profession and her love for her endangered child. I read eagerly, wanting to know if mother and child would triumph over the rigidities of both medicine and academia. Her courage in breaching the wall between the personal and the professional leads to a new understanding of both, first in her life and then in ours."
-- Susan Quinn, author of Marie Curie: A Life and A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney

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