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Topic: Puzzle in the history of maths
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Re: Puzzle in the history of maths
Posted: Feb 21, 2013 1:54 PM
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On Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:13:40 PM UTC, Frederick Williams wrote:
> When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by
> this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
> Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

A complete digression but your sig doesn't really apply to maths, does it? As far as I can gather, everyone who we think of as a great mathematician was considered great (or close to it) by the contemporaries. Or are there examples of mathematicians who were ridiculed during their lives but with reputations rehabilitated afterwards. I suppose Galois might be an example.


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