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The Balkan wars

Is there a question of less importance to the world than the ethnicity and nationality of Nikola Tesla?  Yes, you could instead get involved in the Wikipedia fights about whether the Ragusan (yes really) scientist Roger Boscovich is “really” Croatian … Continue reading

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Gauss and Minnesota

Until a colleague told me about it, I had not known that there is a Gauss family connection to Minnesota: Carl Friedrich’s second son (first by his second wife) Eugene had a falling out with his father, came to America, … Continue reading

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Footnotes: Taylor and Bernoulli

G. F. Simmons, Calculus with Analytic Geometry, footnote, p.495: Brook Taylor (1685-1731) was secretary of the Royal Society and an enthusiastic supporter of Newton in his acrimonious controversy with Leibniz and the Bernoullis about the invention of calculus. Taylor published … Continue reading

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