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Samurai Mathematician Set Japan Ablaze With Brief, Bright Light

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Science  10 Oct 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5899, pp. 185
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5899.185

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Isolated from the West, Seki Takakazu churned out some of the finest mathematical work of his time. Centuries later, scholars are finally giving him his due.