Asimov (was: Book of Athyra)

Thu Jun 5 09:03:47 PDT 2003

John Klein wrote:

>I've been reading Asimov's Book of Facts. (No, I don't know why. I
>suspect many of them are urban legends, and some are out of date
>(the book was published in the late seventies).) This one struck me as
>somewhat appropos for this list.
>The 19th-century mathematician Janos Bolyai, who generally shares the
>credit for having discovered non-Euclidean geometry, specialized in the
>violin and the dueling sword, in the true tradition of the Hungarian
>aristocrat. He once fenced with 13 swordsmen, one after the other,
>vanquishing them all and playing the violin between bouts. Bolyai gave up
>work in mathematics when he felt embarassment and humiliation at the
>disclosure that a little earlier Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1835), the
>famous German mathematician and astronomer, had had the same ideas about
>non-Euclidean geometry but hadn't published.

What a pitty!. Just 4 swordsmen more and he would achieved to be a dzurlod! 
And he was Fenar... ups, Hungarian.

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