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Dig into the mystery of Nicolas Bourbaki— one of the most influential mathematicians of all time… who never actually existed.

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When Nicolas Bourbaki applied to the American Mathematical Society in the 1950s, he was already one of the most influential mathematicians of his time. He’d published articles in international journals and his textbooks were required reading. Yet his application was firmly rejected for one simple reason: Nicolas Bourbaki did not exist. How is that possible? Pratik Aghor digs into the mystery.

Lesson by Pratik Aghor, directed by Província Studio.

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