Johanes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1771, was born near Stuttgart and made his foray into astronomy after he worked as a maths teacher in Graz, Austria - where he became an associate of Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg.
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Monday 01 June 2009
"A sweet and gentle little man” whom students found “charming, friendly, understanding and delightful” and whose lectures “were masterfully presented”.
Friday 29 May 2009
There's something dreadfully pedantic about this locked-room mystery, though it occupies its 88-minute span quite neatly.
Jack Good: Cryptographer whose work with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park was crucial to the War effort
Thursday 14 May 2009
In the 1960s Jack Good, known in the United States as an academic working in statistics and mathematics, used to drive around the campus of Virginia Tech University in a car which sported the personalised number plate 007 IJG. It was his oblique way of referring to what for decades he could not speak about – his important wartime role as a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, where he and colleagues did work which is credited with shortening the war.
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Sunday 26 April 2009
Patrick Veitch has a way with figures, as befits a former Cambridge mathematician. He can tell you, for instance, that his profit from eight years of betting on horses is precisely £10,049,983.03.
Wednesday 18 February 2009
Sunday 15 February 2009
Saturday 14 February 2009
Wednesday 03 December 2008
Sunday 30 November 2008
Monday 20 October 2008
Monday 13 October 2008
Computers argued, cracked jokes and parried trick questions on Sunday as part of an annual test of artificial intelligence carried out at the University of Reading.
Friday 19 September 2008
Wednesday 20 August 2008
A campaign to save Bletchley Park, the legendary site where code-breakers toiled in secret to hasten the defeat of the Nazis and end the Second World War, is launched by The Independent today.
Wednesday 20 August 2008
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