Back on Nov. 26, science/math writer Amir Aczel died at the age of 65, yet I could find almost no information about it on the Web... even 4 days later! (a couple of Twitterers, in-the-know, mentioned it, and his Wikipedia page was updated). A bit odd for an author of several popular books. At any rate, this week, the

**NY Times**finally did publish an obit of his death (still not many details, though cancer is mentioned as the cause), and further oddly initially mis-stated Andrew Wiles' name as "Peter Wiles" (since, corrected) -- I tried to imagine what possible name mix-up might cause such an error, but couldn't come up with any candidates??? Just a small compendium of oddities.

Aczel died in France; perhaps that country's current overwhelming focus on terrorism since mid-Nov. has something to do with the paucity of news about his passing -- I really have no idea why there has not been more coverage and obituaries for this loss, at a somewhat young-ish age, of an author of close to 20 books?

In any event, from the

**NY Times**:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/us/amir-aczel-author-of-scientific-cliffhanger-dies-at-65.html

Aczel's books were not heavy reads, but they were nice little introductions to each topic he addressed, and I enjoyed several. Some of his more math-related volumes were:

**"Fermat's Last Theorem"**

"Finding Zero"

"The Mystery of the Aleph"

"Chance"

"The Artist and the Mathematician"

"Finding Zero"

"The Mystery of the Aleph"

"Chance"

"The Artist and the Mathematician"

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**A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians"**

**Below is an interesting talk (~1 hr.) Aczel gave at Google on his book**

**"Finding Zero":**

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