Being down under results in the privilege of receiving my copy of the Notices of AMS five months late. The December 2009 copy showed up in my mail last week and the best article of all is about Legendre. It seems that despite being such a famous figure in mathematics, the mathematical world had been using a wrong portrait of him until recently. Everything came to light only when a computer search revealed that two different man named Legendre shared the same portrait. Full story available online.

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