anecdot famous scientist 11/01/2009
Rutherford – When
One student in Rutherford’s lab was very hardworking. New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) had noticed it and asked one evening:
“do you work in the mornings too?”
“yes, “ proudly answered the student sure he would be commended.
“But when do you think?” amazed Rutherford.
aris suharyanto: Erdos’Kindness
Paul Erdos (Hungarian mathematician, 1913-1996) had the habit of phoning fellow mathematicians over the whole world, no matter what time it was. He remembered the number of every mathematicians, but did not know anybody’s first name. the only person he called by his Christian name was Tom Trotter, whom he called Bill.
On one occasion, erdos met a mathematician and asked him where he was from.
“Vancouver,” the mathematician replied
“oh, then you must know my good friend Elliot mendelson,” Erdos said
The reply was, hey I AM your good friend Elliot Mendelson.”
aris suharyanto: Russell The One
The great logician Bertrand Russell one claimed that he could prove anything if given that 1 + 1 = 1. So one day, some smarty-pants asked him, “OK. Prove that you’re the Pope.”
He thought for a while and proclaimed, “ I am one.” The Pope is one. Therefore, the Pope and I are one.”
Kummer’s Tricky Answer
Ernst Eduard Kummer (1810-1893), a German algebraist, was rather poor at arithmetic. Whenever he had occasion to do simple arithmetic in class, he would get his students to help him. Once he had to find 7 x 9.
“seven times nine,” he began, ”seven times nine is er – ah – ah – seven times nine is …”
“sixty-one,” a student suggested. Kummer wrote 61 on the board.
“ Sir,” said another student, “ it should be sixtynine.”
“Come, come, gentlemen, it can’
aris suharyanto: “Come, come, gentlemen, it can’t be both,” Kummer exclaimed, “ It must be one or the other”.
Paul Erdos had another version of this story, how kummer calculated 7 x 9 ;
Kummer said to himself : hmmmm, the product cannot be 61, because 61 is prime, it cannot be 65, because 65 is a multiple of 5, 67 is a prime, 69 is too big. Only 63 is left.”
aris suharyanto: Einstein’s Anecdotes
Einstein, German Physicist (1879-1955). He was attending a music salon in germany before the second world war, with the violinist S. Suzuki. Two Japanese women played a German piece of music and a woman in the audience exclaimed : “How wonderful” it sounds so German!” Einstein responded:”Madam, people are all the same.”
Marilyn Monroe suggests to Einstein: what do you say, professor, shouldn’t we make a little baby together, what a baby it would be, my looks and your intelligence! Einstein: I am afraid, dear lady, it might be the other way around…
Einstein apparently referred to formal occasions as “feeding time at the zoo”
Charlie Chaplin had invited Albert Einstein to the premiere of City Lights. When the public cheered them both, Chaplin said: “