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Mathematicians

John Von Neumann: The Mathematician. 1947

John von Neumann wrote The Mathematician which was published in Works of the Mind Vol. I no. 1 (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1947), 180-196. It has also been published in von Neumann’s Collected Works. A discussion of the nature...

/ May 27, 2019

Cool Number Tricks

Let’s admit it, most of us are intellectually lazy, and thinking is a strange and hard activity, because it requires effort. Even philosophy, the prime discipline devoted to thinking, mostly circulates the ideas of other people, and has some similarity to journalism. Real thinking...

/ September 13, 2016

Georg Cantor

from the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, article byJ J O’Connor and E F Robertson:  “Georg Cantor‘s father, Georg Waldemar Cantor, was a successful merchant, working as a wholesaling agent in St Petersburg, then later as a broker in the...

/ November 20, 2011

Georg Cantor Quotes

The final problem which Cantor grappled with was the realization that there could be no set containing everything, since, given any set, there is always a larger set — its set of subsets. Furthermore, he believes that infinity actually exists...

/ November 20, 2011

Paul Erdös

from the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, article byJ J O’Connor and E F Robertson:  Born: 26 March 1913 in Budapest, Hungary Died: 20 Sept 1996 in Warsaw, Poland Paul Erdös came from a Jewish family (the original family name...

/ November 20, 2011