``It would be a pity if the existence of this book should have as its effect that a real popular history of mathematics in its cultural diversity would be deemed not viable by publishers.''

Jens Hoyrup reviewing George Gheverghese Joseph's book "The Crest of the Peacock, Non-European roots of mathematics." I.B. Tauris, London, 1991 (MR 92g:01004).

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