Plagiarized Math Title Withdrawn From Publication by AMS
:: An interesting item upon which I stumbled today (which may be old news to some.) The book, History of Mathematics from a Mathematician's Vantage Point, ostensibly "written" by Greek mathematician Nicholaos K. Artemiadis and published in 2004 by the American Mathematical Society, has been "outed" as a largely plagiarized work, based on respected author Morris Kline's Mathematical Thought From Ancient to Modern Times, Oxford University Press, 1972. Seth Braver, Dept of Mathematical Sciences, U Montana Missoula, writes in the v52 n8 August 2005 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society:
The AMS, one of the most important mathematical organizations in the world, has recently put its imprimatur on a shoddily written and ineptly plagiarized version of Morris Kline’s Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times. This ostensibly new book is entitled History of Mathematics from a Mathematician’s Vantage Point. Nicholaos K. Artemiadis claims to be the author.Braver continues, comparing passages from each work, and noting "These two paragraphs are isomorphic."
Artemiadis has not merely summarized Kline’s thought without citation, he has copied it line by line. Differences in word choice are merely the inevitable product of translating Kline into Greek and then translating the translation back into English. In a single hour I located a dozen or so such “borrowings” before putting Artemiadis’s book away in disgust. Sentences, paragraphs, even whole pages of “his” text are stolen from Kline. Readers with access to both works who are skeptical of my claims may wish to compare, for example, Artemiadis’s chapter on topology (pp. 345–56) with Kline’s chapter entitled “The Beginnings of Topology” (beginning on page 1158). Such a comparison reveals that Artemiadis stole almost every sentence in his chapter. Or compare Artemiadis’s take on Omar Khayyam and Arabic mathematics (page 163, beginning with the second paragraph, “Even though the solutions…”) to Kline’s treatment of the same topics (page 193, beginning with the third paragraph, “Though the Arabs gave algebraic solutions…”). The next page or so of the two texts will be found to be nearly identical, right down to the diagrams and the labels thereupon. On page 143 of Artemiadis’s book he writes, “We present some of the problems considered by Diophantus.” As one might expect, that plural pronoun “we” is not mere scholarly convention. Rather, the Diophantine problems selected by Artemiadis are exactly the same as those selected by Kline for page 142 of his book. One can also find bits of Carl Boyer’s history in Artemiadis’s text as well, the most obvious example being the idiosyncratic chronological table which appears in an appendix. I could cite further examples, but in classic mathematical tradition, I will leave this as an easy exercise for the interested reader.The AMS has conducted its own investigation and has withdrawn the book from publication.
The question for those of us with a copy on our shelves is: do we withdraw it from the collection? I'd say yes - and then use the book in future instruction sessions as an example of a plagiarized work. The other question is: how did this get by the AMS editors?