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Which mathematicians died very young or in a tragic way?
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Yutaka Taniyama was a notable Japanese mathematician known for the Taniyama–Shimura or Taniyama–Shimura–Weil conjecture now referred to as the Modularity theorem which "states that elliptic ...

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What are examples of serendipity in the history of the sciences and math?
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José Carlos Santos' answer mentions X-rays but not their discovery. Nature 53,–276 (1896) By W. C. Röntgen. Translated by Arthur Stanton from the Sitznngsbcrichte der Würzburger Physik-medic. ...

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Cosmic microwave background and "white dielectric"
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With this help I found this old chat discussion from which I relocated the YouTube video Arno Penzias & Robert Wilson from BBC movie "Hawking" (2004) in which they recount the story, ...

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Where are the mirrors of the historic telescopes today?
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One of the most important mirrors historically is that of Sir Isaac Newton's telescope shown below. In the Periodic Video Amazing piece of metal (speculum), Professor Martyn Poliakoff (CBE, CChem, FRS,...

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