Category Archives: Anniversaries

Happy 119th Birthday, Otto Neugebauer

Every year on or around Otto Neugebauer’s birthday (May 26),  Mathematical Reviews has a little birthday party for him, the founder of Mathematical Reviews.  I like it because it is a chance to remind ourselves that our founder did not give … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Carl Friedrich Gauß

Google is honoring Carl Friedrich Gauss today (April 30, 2018) with a Google Doodle, in honor of his birthday.  Although Mathematical Reviews didn’t start until 1940, or 84 years after Gauss had died, he has an author profile in MathSciNet and … Continue reading

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Mathematics Genealogy Project at 200K

The Mathematics Genealogy Project hit the 200,000th entry in their collection of data on PhDs in mathematics.  Congratulations!  What started out as an ambitious, but small project by Harry Coonce has really thrived.  It is a project of the Mathematics Department … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Otto Neugebauer

Without Otto Neugebauer, there would be no MathSciNet.  He was the founder of both Zentralblatt für Mathematik (1931) and Mathematical Reviews (1940).   Neugebauer lived an extraordinary life during extraordinary times.  He knew and worked with some of the great mathematicians of the twentieth century.  Neugebauer … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon is famous among mathematicians and computer scientists for his remarkable work, particularly in the realm of  information theory.  Of particular importance is Shannon’s notion of information entropy, often referred to now as “Shannon entropy”.  He launched the theory … Continue reading

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General Relativity at 100

On November 25, 1915, Einstein‘s paper on general relativity, Die Feldgleichungen der Gravitation (The Field Equations of Gravity), was published in the Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Several scans of the original are available online, with this being a relatively clear and … Continue reading

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