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I'm considering dressing as the mathematician David Hilbert for Halloween. I'm using as reference that one famous photo of him in the Panama hat that shows up every time someone talks about him. But I can't really tell what kind of tie/cravat/neckerchief he's wearing. What *is* that, and where can I find one?

I'm wondering, after breakfast, and a shower, and a commute, and coffee - what is next? [more inside]

Random documentary filter: I just watched this film about Percy Paul, a brilliant mathematician with bipolar disorder and I was wondering how he's doing today in 2010. By chance does anyone on the green know?

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]

I'm looking for a 1950-ish science fiction movie. In the scene I most clearly remember, a man and a woman are on the bridge of an alien spaceship. She is a Russian mathematician and he is a pilot. The ship is being remotely controlled and is automatically flying through the solar system. It becomes clear that it is on a collision course with Saturn. [more inside]

I need help understanding how my hyper-smart geek husband's brain works. I want to give him the understanding he craves but am having a hard time inhabiting his plane. [more inside]

Job suggestions for a PhD mathematician wanting to leave academia and enter industry? [more inside]

I remember a story about a scientist or mathematician who noticed he slept increasingly more each night. The increase followed some kind of mathematical progression. When the amount reached 24 hours, he died. Who was he?

Why do mathematicians (and/or programmers) describe information passed to a function as an 'argument'? [more inside]

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