An inspired guess about how Hilbert chose the subject of his famous lecture of 1900! In fact, by then Hilbert's reputation was matched only by that of Henry Poincaré among his contemporaries, and that is why he was chosen by his colleagues to address the momentous topic of that lecture.

## Hilbert's list of problems

An inspired guess about how Hilbert chose the subject of his famous lecture of 1900! In fact, by then Hilbert's reputation was matched only by that of Henry Poincaré among his contemporaries, and that is why he was chosen by his colleagues to address the momentous topic of that lecture.