"A first-rate research institution with no teachers, no students, no classes, only researchers protected from the vicissitudes and pressures of the…
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Although the so-called father of the atomic bomb J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67) didn’t assume directorship of the Institute for Advanced Study until…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Hi there A few mathematicians’ biographies are especially notable, both in terms of the mathematicians’ achievements and their personalities. Nash, von…
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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…
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Einstein stayed in Pasadena, California as a visiting professor at Caltech for three winter terms, in 1931, ‘32 and ‘33. According to the Caltech…
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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…
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Following the death of Kurt Gödel’s close friends John von Neumann and Albert Einstein, the mathematician gravitated towards another close friend in…
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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…
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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…
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