Education: The Struik Case

Except for a scattering of top-level mathematicians across the nation, and the students in his classes at M.I.T., few Americans had ever heard of Dirk J. Struik when his name first appeared in the news two years ago. He was a mousy-looking mathematician who had come to the U.S. from Holland in 1926, the author of half a dozen learned tomes, and a Marxist lecturer of note in Mexico, The Netherlands and the U.S.S.R. But by last week M.I.T.'s Professor Dirk Struik (pronounced strouk), was considerably better known in his adopted land. He was...

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