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April 14, 2011 / jmeuropeana

improbable mathematicians

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Dutch translation of ‘Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities‘ by Ian Stewart. I read mathematics at Delft University of Technology, only to diverge into informatics/computers science when the real clever people went on to explore the depths of complex calculus, number theory and what have you. But I still feel a pang of nostalgia reading about those decievingly simple maths problems that can be so hard to solve. So why am I bringing this up in this blog? Because Prof. Stewart included a list of famous people that have at one point studied mathematics, or worked as a mathematician. I want to see how many of these I can find in Europeana.
The results are encouraging: for 17 out of 24 names I could find something intereseting in Europeana, and in some cases (see Wittgenstein and Stoker) very interesting items.

Pierre Boulez – French composer
Pierre BOULEZ répète avec l'Orchestre de Paris..

Sergej Brin – one of the founders of Google
Google en bourse..

Lewis Carroll – author of Alice in Wonderland &c.
Alice's adventures in Wonderland. Català;Alícia en terra de meravelles

J.M. Coetzee – South-African writer

Max Euwe – Dutch chess world champion
Schaker Max Euwe

Albert Fujimori – Peruvian ex-president, now in jail for corruption.

Art Garfunkel – American singer and composer
Aankomst Paul Simon (links) en Art Garfunkel op Schiphol

Philip Glass – American composer of minimal music. (No thumbnails, but we have some of his music)

Teri Hatcher

Edmund Husserl – German philosopher
Husserl, Edmund

Michael Jordan – American basketball player.

Theodore Kaczynski – American terrorist and crackpot (one implies the other).
Buildings of Disaster (série)/ The Unabomber

John Maynard Keynes – British economist
148. Vereinbarungen von Bretton-Woods. Beitritt der Schweiz.

Carole King – american jazz (?) singer
The Early Years

J.P. Morgan – banker
J. P. Morgan mit aus England evakuierten Kindern in New York

Larry Niven

Aleksander Sozjenitsyn – Russian writer and dissident
SOLJENITSYNE..

Bram Stoker – author of Dracula
Vlad Tepes Dracul
A Telegram From Bram Stoker To Robert Story, Principal Of The University Of Glasgow, 1905

Lev Trotski – Russian revolutionary
Leon Trotsky dicteert zijn memoires in zijn residentie in Mexico City 30-1-38

Éamon de Valera – Irish politician
Eamon de Valera addresses Sinn Fein supporters from platform in Market Place, Kilkenny, E.T. Keane, chairman of election meeting, on his right

Carol Vordeman – British game show host

Virginia Wade – British tennis player, last Brit to win a singles title at Wimbledon in 1977.
Scotland v England tennis 1972

Ludwig Wittgenstein – Austrian philosopher.
We have a unique item in Europeana: a musical rendition of his ‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus’. Enjoy:
Die Bedeutungen der einfachen Zeichen

Sir Christopher Wren – British architect.
Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, Greater London
[Persian Text] [St. Paul's Cathedral] VADS Collection: Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information

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