Nicolas Bourbaki's story

In 1923 Raoul Husson (1901-1967), at that time a student at the École Normale Supérieure (Ecole Normale Supérieure), invented the name of a supposed mathematician named Nicolas Bourbaki . Husson disguised himself as a bearded mathematician and gave a false scientific lecture, which was intentionally incomprehensible and with subtly false reasoning.

The aim of this lecture was to unveil Bourbaki's supposed theorem, an invention, to expose cynicism of some intellectuals, who accepted any explanation as good as long as it sounded complicated enough.

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The article Historia de Nicolas Bourbaki has been written in Cuaderno de Cultura Científica .

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