A BEAUTIFUL MIND: Mathematical Marvel Freed From Prison

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Reports the San Francisco Chronicle on Michael Angelo McGinnis, whose amazing life started on a farm in Wisconsin, led him to success in math teaching and scholarship and in newspaper publishing, but most recently landed him in prison on a ten-year sentence for forgery.  McGinnis is a direct descendent of the inventor of logarithms, John Napier, and he has been hailed as a mathematical genius by educators around the world, who successfully urged his early release.

Apparently Mr. McGinnis put his time behind bars to good use, completing a book entitled The Universal Solution for Numerical and Literal Equations; by Which the Roots of Equations of All Degrees Can Be Expressed in Terms of Their Coefficients, which apparently will soon be published.  May he live long and prosper.

Surely as our society evolves we will manage to develop a system of higher education adequate to the task of ensuring we never again will need to put a mathematical genius behind bars.

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