A

shy,

introverted mathematician, it was said. Though stunningly

brilliant, publishing work in the late

1940s in dozens of unrelated fields of

pure mathematical analysis, he never attended

mathematics conferences. It was whispered that he could be

the greatest mathematical mind in history.

Of course, he didn't

exist. He was the

invention of a bunch of

French mathematicians. Each of them had different

specialties in

math, so, as a

joke, they got together, wrote their papers, and submitted them under the

fictional

name.

Something in my

black little heart loves the idea of

hoaxing

mathematicians.