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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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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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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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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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…
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Following Kurt Gödel (1906-1978)’s publications of the first- and second incompleteness theorems (1931) and later work on Cantor’s continuum hypothesis…
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Richard P. Feynman (1918-88) was only 22 years old when World War II broke out, but still managed to get hired to J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67)’s…
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Alan Turing (1912-54) is known for many things, but his love of America is not one of them. This despite the fact that he spent considerable amounts of…
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Although Sylvia Nasar’s renowned biographical book* about mathematician John F. Nash Jr. (1928-2015) was unauthorized, the man himself enjoyed the…
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At the core of what made Princeton the center of the mathematical universe post-WW2 were arguably four European men: Albert Einstein, John von Neumann…
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When physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67) visited the University of Göttingen in 1926-27, his visit overlapped the stays of, among others, John von…
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