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Relevant context: In the April 1910 issue of the journal @sciencemagazine, the #American #historian of #medicine Fielding Hudson Garrison writes: "Kircher's "Scrutinium pestis," one of the acknowledged landmarks in medical #progress, was published in #Rome in 1658, at least
.. seventeen years before #Leeuwenhoek's discovery of the #infusoria (1675) and twenty-five years before his #RoyalSociety paper on the #microorganisms found on the teeth (September 17, 1683); so that making every allowance for the skill and proficiency of #seventeenthcentury
.. #opticians in grinding and polishing #lenses, the question whether #Kircher's lenses were better or worse than #Leeuwenhoek's is one of those "improbable problems" that each one can settle according to his personal preferences. No one will deny that Kircher saw some minute
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136 years ago today, #German #mathematician Felix Klein(1849-1925), then professor at #Leipzig University, wrote an interesting letter to his colleague Adolph Mayer(1839-1908), a letter which betrays Klein's indulgence towards the controversial theory of Cantor:..
.. » Leipzig, 15. 12. 1882 \\ Lieber Freund! \\ Vorgestern Nachmittag war Cantor lange hier und brachte mir eine Arbeit für die Annalen (Ueber ∞ lineare Punctmannigfaltigkeiten V) von merkwürdig speculativem Inhalt, von der er aus allerlei Gründen wünscht, dass sie recht bald..
.. publicirt werde. Ich habe ihm angeboten, dass wir die Separatabzüge umgehend herstellen, die officielle Publication aber bis zu geeigneter Zeit verschieben, und will nun, in der Voraussetzung, dass Ihnen die Sache so recht ist, heute Nachmittag in die Druckerei gehen und..
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#germanhistory,#historyofmathematics 146 years ago today, the important #German #mathematician Alfred Clebsch (1833-1872)died suddenly of an infection with the 'Klebs-Löffler bacillus'(aka 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘯𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘥𝘪𝘱𝘩𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘦). In 1872, this #bacterium had not..
.. yet been 'discovered' (the offiicial date for its discovery/description is 1884). The similarity of the names 'Clebsch' and 'Klebs' is coincidental, yet a good #mnemonic. Clebsch familiarized the German mathematical scene with the work of Cayley and Sylvester, and also made..
.. new and fruitful connections between their and Riemann's work. Clebsch collaborated closely with the German-Jewish mathematician Paul Gordan (doctoral advisor of Emmy Noether). Today, this collaboration is remembered mostly by way of the term 'Clebsch-Gordan coefficients '.
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