Evariste Galois

October 24, 2012

Évariste Galois (25 October 1811 – 31 May 1832) was a French mathematician born in Bourg-la-Reine. While still in his teens, he was able to determine a necessary and sufficient condition for a polynomial to be solvable by radicals, thereby solving a long-standing problem. His work laid the foundations for Galois theory and group theory, two major branches of abstract algebra, and the subfield of Galois connections. He was the first to use the word “group” (French: groupe) as a technical term in mathematics to represent a group of permutations. A radical Republican during the monarchy of Louis Philippe in France, he died from wounds suffered in a duel under questionable circumstances at the age of twenty.

There is an avenue named after him in Bourg-la-Reine

The secondary school Lycée Louis-le-Grand

The École Normale Supérieure


Thomas Joannes Stieltjes

November 4, 2011

The mathematician Thomas Stieltjes, is known for his work on continued fractions, and the Riemann Stieltjes integral.  His most important paper was published in the Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences:Recherches sur les fractions continues.  An extended version of this paper was published in the Annales de la Faculté des Sciences de Toulouse, in 1894/95.  This article, where he introduced the Stieltjes integral, was awarded a prize by the Académie des Sciences.

The tomb of T.J. Stieltjes can be found at the cemetery of Terre Cabade in Toulouse (no. 828, section II, division 4).

Felix Hausdorff

March 21, 2010

The rests of Fleix Hausdorff, one of the founders of modern topology, lies in Poppelsdorf, Bonn, Gemnay.
He also introduced the concept of Hausdorff dimension useful in the theory of fractals.

Halmos house

January 16, 2010

According to Paul Halmos automathography he lived in “a third floor apartment, in Budapest, that faced out on a busy street (now called Lenin Boulevard).

Quaternion plaque

January 12, 2010

Quaternion plaque on Brougham (Broom) Bridge, Dublin, which says:
Here as he walked by
on the 16th of October 1843
Sir William Rowan Hamilton
in a flash of genius discovered
the fundamental formula for quaternion multiplication
i² = j² = k² = i j k = −1
& cut it on a stone of this bridge.

Abel statue

January 6, 2010

Statue of mathematician Niels Henrik Abel located in Oslo Palace Park.
(I couldn’t get the exact coordiantes)

Galileo’s home

January 4, 2010

Galileo Galilei was born on 15 February 1564(1564-02-15) Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy

Source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/11848657

Fibonacci’s statue

January 4, 2010

In the 19th century, a statue of Fibonacci (Leonardo da Pisa) was constructed and erected in Pisa. Today it is located in the western gallery of the Camposanto.

Archenhold Observatory

January 4, 2010

This bronze statue of Archimedes is at the Archenhold Observatory in Berlin. It was sculpted by Gerhard Thieme and unveiled in 1972.

The observatory is also noted as the location of Albert Einstein’s first public lecture on the Theory of Relativity in Berlin.


January 4, 2010

The Einsteinhaus (Einstein House) is a museum and a former residence of Albert Einstein. It is located on Kramgasse No. 49 in Bern, Switzerland.

A flat on the second floor of the house was occupied by Albert Einstein, his wife Mileva Marić and their son Hans Albert Einstein from 1903 to 1905.