A collection of material pertaining to Nicolas Bourbaki, author of the famous *Elements of Mathematics*, has been donated to the French national library by his publisher, *éditions** *Hermann. Bourbaki set out to reframe modern maths in terms of set theory, to give the subject a coherence that would lead to more rigour and cross-application of results.

The donated material consists of “original texts, corrected proofs of the *Elements of Mathematics*, as well as various items related to the publication of the books including catalogues, press releases, contemporary journal articles on Bourbaki, and letters.”

#### More information (all in French)

Les éditions Hermann font don d’archives Nicolas Bourbaki à la Bibliothèque nationale de France – (PDF) press release from the BNF and Hermann.

Les Archives Bourbaki à la BNF – potted history of Bourbaki in *Libération*.

Nicolas Bourbaki fait son entrée à la BNF! – hour-long radio programme on *France Culture*, including contributions from Pierre Cartier, former avatar of Bourbaki, and Guillaume Fau, curator of manuscripts at the BNF.

Nicolas Bourbaki entry on MacTutor (in English)

My favourite imaginary mathematician.

Thanks for taking care of that. We had a big discussion in the editorial section about whether it was ok to write in an “in universe” style.