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primenumbers@yahoogroups.com, "djbroadhurst" <d.broadhurst@...> wrote:

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> To Newton, Maxwell and Einstein belongs the almost sole

> glory of capturing the essentials of mechanics,

> electromagnetism and relativity, respectively, in a handful

> of ideas and equations of great power and persuasiveness.

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Not to minimize the work of such a genius that was Einstein what about Lorentz and PoincarĂ©'s contributions to special relativity?

And as a mathematician, PoincarĂ© probably ranks in the top of the list close to Euler and Gauss.

Among my favorite mathematicians is also Galois: I can't hardly imagine the work he would have achieved if he did not die (stupidly) at only 20.

JL