By Mayme I. Logsdon
Книга A Mathematician Explains A Mathematician Explains Книги Математика Автор: Mayme I. Logsdon Год издания: 1937 Формат: djvu Издат.:University Of Chicago Press Страниц: 2 hundred Размер: 1,9 ISBN: B000O01DLG Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:A Mathematician Explains
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