“I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. “No,” Ramanujan replied, “it is a very interesting number; it is the sm…
Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck was born in 1928 to anarchist parents who left him to spend the majority of his formative years with foster parent…
Episode 4: The Bohr-Einstein DebateListen now (30 min) | This episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the May 25th 2021 newsletter ‘The Bohr-Einstein Debate'. Read by Steve King,…
When asked how to best describe his friend Paul Erdős (1913–1996)’, mathematician Joel Spencer (1946-) once wrote the following: “Mathematical truth is…
The “most intelligent photograph ever taken”, as it is sometimes known, was captured during the Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and …
Episode 3: On Norbert Wiener's Relationship with Bertrand RussellListen now (22 min) | This episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the March 22nd 2021 newsletter 'On Norbert Wiener's Relationship with Bertra…
The von Neumann—Morgenstern Collaboration, Part I
“When we met, was I walking to the faculty club or away from it? I’m wondering, because in the latter case I’ve already had my lunch” American mathemat…
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