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These volumes ( I Am Mathematician and Ex-Prodigy) contain Norbert Wiener's autobiography. occasionally with humor and infrequently with unhappiness, they render an account, with out sentiment, of the lifetime of the world-renowned mathematician and scientist. An strange lifestyles tale, Norbert Wiener's penetrating observations accompany the interesting information describing the maturation of a tremendous global scientist.

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