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James Joseph Sylvester

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To know him was to know one of the historic figures of all time, one of the immortals; and when he was really moved to speak, his eloquence equalled his genius.
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G. B. Halsted, in F. Cajori's Teaching and History of Mathematics in the United States (Washington, 1890), page 265.

 
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