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Siobhan RobertsEvery mathematical biographer faces the same vexing problem: Mathematicians spend their lives sitting at a desk and writing in a notebook. Occasionally they switch desks. There are exceptions -- Évariste Galois dying at 20 in a duel, John Nash succumbing to and subsequently emerging from psychosis -- but Donald Coxeter was not an exception. He earned his PhD, married his first girlfriend and settled into a professorship at the University of Toronto, where he stayed from 1936 until his death in 2003, at the age of 96. If there's an interesting story to be drawn from his life, it's a story about the history of ideas -- more precisely, about the history of geometry.
— The Washington Post