Book Reviews 25.1

The Theory That Would Not Die

Sharon Bertsch McGrayne

Hardcover: 320+xiv pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (first edition, May 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300169698

A few days ago, prior to reading her book and writing this review, I had lunch with the author of The Theory That Would Not Die, Sharon McGrayne, in a Parisian café. We had a wonderful chat about why she wrote the book and about the people she met during its completion. Among others, she mentioned the considerable support provided by Dennis Lindley, Persi Diaconis, and Bernard Bru. This conversation also acted as an introduction to the interview on Page 24. (I had not fully read the book before because of delays in the delivery, presumably linked to Yale University Press not correctly forecasting the phenomenal success of the book and scaling the reprints accordingly.)

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