- --- 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