chapter  11
Calling the Bluff
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Jean Dieudonne is one of the more prominent members of the Bourbaki group1, a highly influential collection of French mathematicians who stress axiomatics and rigour in the development and presentation of mathematics. In the preface to his Foundations of Modern Analysis (1969), Dieudonne urges a 'strict adherence to axiomatic methods, with no appeal whatsoever to "geometric intuition", at least in the formal proofs: a necessity which we have emphasized by deliberately abstaining from introducing any diagram in the book' (1969: ix Preface, my italics).