Karl Menger's Vienna Colloquium (1928-36)In the history of mathematics and economics, Karl Menger is a fairly anonymous figure. This, perhaps, for a few reasons. Although he was a prodigy, Kar…

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The Best Books on: The Riemann HypothesisHi there. Around 2010, as an undergraduate in mathematics I fell absolutely in love with the Riemann hypothesis (RH), as one does. I spent Friday night…

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Louis Bachelier's Theory of SpeculationIf asset prices in the short term show an identifiable pattern, won’t speculators find this pattern and exploit it, thereby eliminating it?

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John F. Nash Jr.'s Game of "Hex"“Oh, by the way, what was it that they were playing?” asked von Neumann. “Nash,” answered Tucker, allowing the corners of his mouth to turn up ever so …

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Episode 5: The Eccentricities of J. Robert OppenheimerThis episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the May 25th 2021 newsletter ‘The Eccentricities of J. Robert Oppenheimer'. Read by Steve King, th…

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The Martians of Budapest“There is a rumor in America that there are two intelligent races on Earth: Humans and Hungarians” — Isaac Asimov

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The Hardy-Ramanujan Number“I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a du…

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The Anarchist Abstractionist — Who was Alexander Grothendieck? Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck was born in 1928 to anarchist parents who left him to spend the majority of his formative years with foster parent…

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Episode 4: The Bohr-Einstein DebateListen now (30 min) | This episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the May 25th 2021 newsletter ‘The Bohr-Einstein Debate'. Read by Steve King,…

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The Mathematical Nomad, Paul ErdősWhen asked how to best describe his friend Paul Erdős (1913–1996)’, mathematician Joel Spencer (1946-) once wrote the following: “Mathematical truth is…

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The Golden Age of Quantum Physics (1927)The “most intelligent photograph ever taken”, as it is sometimes known, was captured during the Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and …

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Episode 3: On Norbert Wiener's Relationship with Bertrand RussellListen now (22 min) | This episode of The Privatdozent Podcast is based on the March 22nd 2021 newsletter 'On Norbert Wiener's Relationship with Bertra…

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