This paper raises an ethical question: should aspects of a mathematician’s personality, political beliefs, physical handicaps, and the ironies surrounding their life be mentioned parenthetically or otherwise in our lessons? What about the political and social norms of the times in the countries in which they lived? There are no hard and fast guidelines on this other than to use good taste; but what is in good taste to one is often in bad taste to another. At the very least this paper presents tidbits of information and innuendo about mathematicians the reader might not know. But hopefully this paper will help the reader develop a personal stance on this issue.
"Flaws and Idiosyncrasies in Mathematicians: Food for the Classroom,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol5/iss1/2