A visit to Hungarian mathematics

  title={A visit to Hungarian mathematics},
  author={Reuben Hersh and Vera P. John-Steiner},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
Our investigation focused on historical, pedagogical, and social-political aspects of Hungarian mathematical life. We did not attempt to survey Hungarian mathematical research of the present. Even so, our time proved too short for our ambitions. The important Hungarian mathematicians whom we missed are certainly more numerous than those we interviewed. We spoke in depth to a dozen people, and carried out formal interviews with eight: in Hungary, Belaszokefalvi-Nagy, Pal Erdos, Tibor Gallai… 
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