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### What is the original source for Abel's quote about Gauss:"He is like the fox, who effaces his tracks in the sand with his tail"?

According to the editor of the German version of Ian Stewart's "The Problems of Mathematics", on pag…

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### Who discovered the covering homomorphism between SU(2) and SO(3)?

Who discovered this? It is quite nontrivial and very important in quantum mechanics.

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### Why are revolutions per minute (RPM) still used instead of hertz (Hz)?

When did people start using Revolutions per Minute (RPM) to measure motors, engines, other devices a…

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### Are these Newton's quotes apocryphal?

I have stumbled upon the following alleged Newton's quotes, but I could not find them in any of thei…

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### How did Eratosthenes knew the exact time of the day?

Eratosthenes measured the radius of the Earth with an incredibly accuracy. To do it, you need to me…

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### Do other branches of modern science have interpretations like Quantum Mechanics does?

As a layperson, when one learns about Quantum Mechanics, one also learns about the various interpret…

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### What was the chain of theories that led to relativity? [closed]

Can you briefly sketch the sequence of math theories that were necessary for Einstein to figure out …

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### Motivation Gauss's Law

What was the original motivation of Gauss's law (either by Gauss or Lagrange)? Did they have any phy…

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### Why is price on the vertical axis and quantity on the horizontal axis?

In most of science, it is typical to have the independent variable on the horizontal axis and the de…

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### Why doesn't Morse code try to achieve more compression?

I was working on the Morse code Wikipedia article , when I noticed something strange. There might b…

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### Who first proved that the spectrum of an operator is contained in the closure of its numerical range?

We have recently proven in our functional analysis II lecture that the spectrum of an operator is co…

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### Ala-El-Din Muhammed El Ferjumedhi

I'm looking for more details of a 14th century mathematician Ala-El-Din Muhammad El Ferjumedhi. I'm…

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### The "Universal Information Society" of the XIX century?

From the inaugural lecture of J.J. Sylvester at Oxford, December 12, 1885, "On the method of recipro…

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### Who first proved Fubini's theorem $n$th order integrals?

Who first proved a generalized Fubini theorem for integrals of order $≥3$? An $n$th order integra…

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### Were fluxions the only infinitesimals?

The Encyclopaedia Britannica in its history of Science article states that Newton integrals were mad…

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### Translations of "Sur le théorème de Zorn"?

Are there any translations of Nicolas Bourbaki (1949). "Sur le théorème de Zorn". Archiv der …

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### For shared Nobel prizes, where does the medal go?

When a Nobel prize is awarded to multiple people, the prize money is split. But what about the actua…

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### Seven bridges of Königsberg - did people know that it was impossible? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the most suitable site for the question. Please feel free to modify or move …

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### What was the real need of divergence and curl operators?

As I'm advancing my study in Electromagnetism I'm getting introduced to more mathematical operators …

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### Did Cauchy ever deal with double or triple integrals?

Did Cauchy ever deal with double or triple integrals? Did he give rigorous proofs of multivariable i…

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### Identification of scientists in de Gennes book

Petit Point: A Candid Portrait on the Aberrations of Science is a charming book written by the Frenc…

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### What is Ptolemy holding in his picture on Wikipedia?

I would like to know the name of the device Ptolemy is holding in his picture

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### What was the motivation for Cauchy's Integral Theorem?

How did Cauchy go about Cauchy's integral theorem? What was his motivation?

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### When/How were the product and chain rules first proved?

Pretty much every proof of the product or chain rules presented today revolve around the definition …

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### Were typographical variations between printings of the same journal article common?

In another question, I was asking about the origin of the reduced Planck's constant, $\hbar \equiv \…

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### When and why did $\frac{dy}{dx}$ become $\frac{d}{dx}y$?

It's obvious for us, that $\frac{dy}{dx}$ can also be written as $\frac{d}{dx}y$, but skimming throu…

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### Can Numerology be said to be the precursor of Number Theory?

My understanding is that alchemy was a precursor to modern chemistry. Some might say that numerology…

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### Who first explained why there are 7 days in a week?

Who first explained why there are 7 days in a week?

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### some examples of clash of ides or intrests between famouse scientists like Tesla vs Edison

I wanted to give a talk about the clash of ideas between famous scientists(either driven by greed or…

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### Who discovered anisotropic materials, and what were they studying?

Thinking of properties of materials, who discovered anisotropy and what materials were they studying…

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