“It is not the job of mathematicians to do correct arithmetical operations. It is the job of bank accountants.” – Samuil Shatunovsky
Besides researching mathematics and reading about mathematics, I also enjoy collecting objects related to mathematics and physics. Below are links to pictures of my collection. (Thanks to my wonderful wife for taking and editing the photos for me.)
Niels Henrik Abel: (biography)
Niels Bohr (physicist): (biography)
… from Greenland. Released in 1963. Note the formula for calculating the change in energy as an electron moves from one orbit to another in the Bohr Model of the Atom.
Augustin Cauchy: (biography)
… from France. Released on Nov. 10, 1989, celebrating his 200th birthday. Note the Cauchy Integral Formula at the top of the stamp as well as diagrams of two other important discoveries of Cauchy.
Rene Descartes: (biography)
Albert Einstein (physicist): (biography)
Einstein Medallion – Note the diagram on the right. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity predicts that massive objects like the sun can bend light rays. This is the visual representation of the sun’s gravity bending light rays from a distant star, observed during a solar eclipse. This was one of the experiments used to verify his theory.
Leonhard Euler: (biography)
Euler Coin from Russia. Released in 2007, celebrating his 300th birthday. Note the Euler Zeta Function on right side of the coin. Euler was the first to prove this special case of the Riemann Zeta Function. Great stuff!
Carl Friedrich Gauss: (biography)
Gauss Stamp with the Complex Plane from Germany. Released on April 14, 1977, celebrating his 200th birthday.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: (biography)
Nikolai Lobachevsky: (biography)