By Howard Eves
Lengthy often called a mathematical storyteller, Howard Eves the following writes his own memories usually mathematical, a few now not. the forged of characters contains Albert Einstein, Norbert Wiener, Julian Lowell Coolidge, Maurice Frechet, Nathan Altshiller-Court, G. H., Hardy, and plenty of different fascinating figures whom he encountered in an extended and energetic existence in arithmetic. In "Mathematical memories" we learn of Eves' well-known mathematical museum, with its lock of Einstein's hair, Hardy's shawl, Veblen's vibrant yellow lead pencil, Wiener's hat, and lots more and plenty, a lot, extra.
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Einstein lived in the village on Mercer Street a couple of blocks beyond, I occasionally walked Dr. Einstein to or from the university. One 30 day, with the rain lightly misting down, I called on Dr. Einstein at his home to accompany him to Fine Hall. During the walk to the university, the rain managed to batten down some of this considerable mane over his forehead. We proceeded to his office in Fine Hall, discussing something, and he let his hair dry in its annoying position. Bothered by the hair, he would every now and then swipe at it with his hand in an effort to brush it up, but it only fell back over his forehead.
This later constituted our first jointly published paper (in The Mathematics Teacher). Another paper (published in The American Mathematical Monthly) that arose in our rambles, and an expansion of which became Verns masters thesis, concerned the derivation of hyperbolic trigonometry from the Poincaré model. We researched on many topics, such as Schicks theorem, nonrigid polyhedra, new matrix products, vector operations as matrices, a quantitative aspect of linear independence of vectors, trihedral curves, Rouquet curves, and a large number of other topics in the field of differential geometry.
After the mathematics meeting was over, my friend and I decided to take a safer ride back to Cambridge, and apparently Dr. Struik also returned by a different means. The next morning in Cambridge, listening to the news over the radio, the newscaster reported that the car of Professor Norbert Wiener of MIT was stolen from his garage while he was attending a mathematics meeting at Yale University. Professor Wiener had forgotten he had driven down to New Haven and had returned to Cambridge by bus.