List by Author: George Szpiro

Spinning the wheel: The Ehrenfest paradox

Meet a fascinating thought experiment close to the speed of light.

Newton and the kissing problemIn 1694, a famous discussion between two of the leading scientists of the day - Isaac Newton and David Gregory - took place on the campus of Cambridge University. The discussion concerned the kissing problem, but it was to be another 260 years before the problem was finally solved.
Mathematical mysteries: The gentlemen from Basle and the Petersburg Paradox

Just over 220 years have passed since the death of one of the most distinguished mathematicians in history: Daniel Bernoulli, who died on March 17th, 1782. The name of Bernoulli asks for precision since the family from Basle produced no fewer than eight outstanding mathematicians within three generations.