- --- In primenumbers@yahoogroups.com,

Jack Brennen <jfb@...> wrote:

> David, wonder if you would agree that no physicist has a

Agreed. My father was an electrical engineer and thought

> wider gap between his contribution (huge) and his fame

> (minor) as Oliver Heaviside...

that the British have a class snobbery against practical

thinkers. In France, on the other hand, the Grandes Ecoles

made sure that good maths and physics was done by people

trained and recognized as ingenieurs.

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

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

>

> 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.

>

And as a mathematician, Poincaré 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 - --- In primenumbers@yahoogroups.com,

"j_chrtn" <j_chrtn@...> wrote:

> And as a mathematician, Poincaré probably ranks in the top

Agreed. But Einstein's claim in general relativity

> of the list close to Euler and Gauss.

far outweighs Poincaré's in special relativity.

David Hilbert is another example of "proxime accessit".

> Among my favorite mathematicians is also Galois:

Also agreed. It shames me that I have not yet mastered

> I can't hardly imagine the work he would have achieved

> if he did not die (stupidly) at only 20.

what he did in those brief years. Like Eric Temple Bell

I regret his early demise.

David