Politics and mathematics

Jan de Witt was not only a leading European politician but also a member of a group of prominent Dutch Cartesian mathematicians.  I find this fascinating; just imagine a combination of David Cameron and Marcus du Sautoy, the mind boggles! [read more]

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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  1. Another more recent example is Paul Painlevé (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Painlev%C3%A9), who studied the differential equations now named after him, and in so doing discovered the Painlevé transcendants; he was twice Prime Minister in France (1917, 1925).

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