Yesterday we had a very nice talk about Liouville, given by Jesper Lützen from Copenhagen.

I am not going to summarise his talk. But here are a few small facts about Liouville which I didn’t know.

  • Sturm and Liouville were possibly the first two people to co-author a mathematical paper.
  • Liouville introduced the term “geodesic”.
  • Liouville’s famous proof of the existence of transcendental numbers was salvaged from a failed attempt to prove that the number e is transcendental.

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I count all the things that need to be counted.
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