'A delightful collection of true accounts of individuals who claim to have achieved the mathematically impossible ... It is hard to put down and provides topics for an unending series of interesting discussions. The organization and breadth of the book are impressive, supported by a helpful index and a list of resources that encourage further explorations. A classic.' Choice
'Dudley Underwood extracts insights from an astonishing variety of examples.' Robert Matthews, New Scientist
A delightful collection of articles about people who claim they have achieved the mathematically impossible (squaring the circle, duplicating the cube); people who think they have done something they have not (proving Fermat's Last Theorem) and people with very eccentric views (thinking that second-order differential equations will solve all problems of economics, politics and philosophy).