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?
posted by ErWenn
on Oct 11, 2013 -
I'm wondering, after breakfast, and a shower, and a commute, and coffee - what is next? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes
on Jan 24, 2013 -
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?
posted by bananafish
on Aug 10, 2010 -
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]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Sep 23, 2008 -
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]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 24, 2008 -
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?
posted by 999
on Dec 28, 2007 -
Why do mathematicians (and/or programmers) describe information passed to a function as an 'argument'? [more inside]
posted by b33j
on Dec 13, 2007 -