Five Nobel Laureates (1931). Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg were close friends in the 1920s and early 30s. The latter had studied under Bohr in…
Episode 8: Einstein and Hilbert's Relativity RaceThis episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the July 3rd 2021 newsletter 'Einstein and Hilbert's Relativity Race'. Read by Steve King, the…
Terence Tao (1975-) is just about as close to a modern-day David Hilbert (1862-1943) as anyone might imagine. As of 2022, he has authored or co-authored…
Hi there A few mathematicians’ biographies are especially notable, both in terms of the mathematicians’ achievements and their personalities. Nash, von…
John von Neumann: The Man from the Future (2022)A conversation with Ananyo Bhattacharya. Ananyo is an accomplished writer who has worked at both Nature and The Economist and holds a Ph.D. in…
Einstein stayed in Pasadena, California as a visiting professor at Caltech for three winter terms, in 1931, ‘32 and ‘33. According to the Caltech…
Mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr (1928-2015). was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1928. He died in a car crash in New Jersey on the 23rd of May…
Following the death of Kurt Gödel’s close friends John von Neumann and Albert Einstein, the mathematician gravitated towards another close friend in…
It’s been one year since I first launched Privatdozent, the #1 newsletter on the history of mathematics. The newsletter has since grown to more than…
Hi there As some of you may have gathered, I’m fascinated with the history of game theory, especially what occurred in Vienna in the 1930s and Princeton…
Einstein had three children with his first wife Mileva Marić. Their names were Lieserl, Hans Albert and Eduard. Like his father, Hans Albert obtained a…
Episode 7: The Martians of BudapestThis episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the October 2nd 2021 newsletter 'The Martians of Budapest'. Read by Steve King, the episode is…