By Gary Lachman

Writers were killing themselves for hundreds of years. From Petronius in historic Rome to the twentieth Century jap novelist Yukio Mishima, writers, greater than the other type of artist, have taken their very own lives in a rare variety of methods. With bullets, poison, medicines and swords, poets, playwrights, novelists and philosophers have despatched themselves off into the massive sleep. Others, one step shy of that final go out, have made nice literature concerning the urge to self-destruction. For the 1st time, Gary Lachman investigates the numerous hyperlinks among self-death and the written be aware, bringing jointly an strange gallery of literary greats and a number of different deadly characters. often for Dedalus, the canopy s wonderful. Sasha Selavie in QX overseas lifeless Letters eventually proves to be straight away stimulating and thought-provoking and the part dedicated to a number of suicidal writings is such a lot diverting. Peter Burton in One80 experiences

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Henri Poincar6 (1854-1912) He who understands the achievements of Archimedes and Apollonius will admire less the achievements of the foremost men of later times. -Gottfreid Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) The golden age of mathematics- that was not the age of Euclid, it is ours.

Remember it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius.... -Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) 59 For contrary to the unreasonedopinion of the ignorant, the choice of a system of numeration is a mere matter of convention. * **** - ? Z -*OS % *SS X Sees A __ Al = -,, XII AU ** o 1 10 11 100 101 110 111 1000 1001 1010 1011 1100 *HINDU-ARABIC-BABYLONIAN-GREEK*ECYPTIAN HIEROCLYPHIC CHINESE SCRIPT HEBREW *CHINESE RODNUMERALS-ROMANECeYTPIAN HIERATIC-MAYAN-BINARY NUMERALS NUMBER SYSTEMS 60 if we wish to foresee the future of mathematics, the proper course is to study its history and its present state.

Gottfreid Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) The golden age of mathematics- that was not the age of Euclid, it is ours.

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