**James Roy Newman** was a mathematician and mathematical historian.

He was the editor of the anthology *The World of Mathematics: A small library of the literature of mathematics from A'h-mosé the Scribe to Albert Einstein, presented with commentaries and notes* (1956), which contains exactly what it claims to. The four volume series covers many branches of mathematics and represents a 15 year effort by Newman to collect what he felt were the most important essays in the field. With essays ranging from a biography of Srinivasa Ramanujan by Newman to Bertrand Russell's *Definition of a Number*, the series is often praised as suitable for any level of mathematical skill.

Newman also wrote *Gödel's Proof* (1958) with Ernest Nagel, presenting the main results of Gödel's incompleteness theorem and the mathematical work and philosophies leading up to its discovery in a more accessible manner. This book inspired Douglas Hofstadter to take up the study of mathematical logic, write his famous book *Gödel, Escher, Bach*, and prepare a second edition of *Gödel's Proof*, published in 2002.

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