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This is a common claim which has been repeated enough times that one can find many sources claiming it to be true. However, this doesn't seem to be corroborated by accounts of the time or serious biographies. Indeed, Helen M. Walker, in her 1934 biography of De Moivre in Scripta Mathematica Volume II, Number 4, August 1934, (reproduced here freely on Google ...


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I could not find any direct sources to confirm and support this claim. W.W. Rouse Ball (1850 – 1825), writes in A Short Account of the History of Mathematics first published in 1908, pages 383-384: The manner of his death has a certain interest for psychologists. Shortly before it he declared that it was necessary for him to sleep some ten minutes ...


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Abraham de Moivre was a great statistician, but one of his greatest achievements may very well have been predicting his own death. From this pdf: W.W. Rouse Ball wrote of de Moivre’s final days: The Manner of de Moivre’s death has a certain interest for psychologists. Shortly before it, he declared that it was necessary for him to sleep some ...


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Amanda Gefter's recent article in Nautilus takes a very unambiguous position on the question: There was just one person who wasn’t happy about the reunion: Wiener’s wife. Margaret Wiener was, by all accounts, a controlling, conservative prude— and she despised McCulloch’s influence on her husband. McCulloch hosted wild get-togethers at his family ...


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Although this story is frequently repeated, if you think about it you will realise that it is highly implausible. Let us start off with him sleeping eight hours a night. We will see him sinking from a normal sleep pattern to oblivion in just 4 x 16 = 64 days, or just over two months. Is such a thing possible?


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I make this answer tentatively since I cannot find the document, an autobiographical chapter by Lettvin I read some years ago which discussed among other things this situation. Lettvin had a whole book available online, but searching I can't find it. Basically, Lettvin claimed that Pitts and McCulloch were not sufficiently sympathetic to socialism, so far ...


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In 1928, at may 11 he was diagnosed yellow fever. He felt strange because he had immunity of yellow fever. However after he died, and his blood was injected to a monkey. The monkey was diagnosed yellow fever. Then also Dr.young died with yellow fever after about one week.


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