The Pragmatics of Passion: A Sociology of Attachment to Mathematics

  title={The Pragmatics of Passion: A Sociology of Attachment to Mathematics},
  author={Paolo Landri},
  pages={413 - 435}
  • P. Landri
  • Published 1 May 2007
  • Sociology
  • Organization
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