Among the most famous people are often geniuses. It’s hard to tell whether this is the reason for the many anecdotes which are told about them, or whether this is just incidentally true. Doubts are allowed, since most scientists are quite ordinary people. But some of them are cranky and all kind of stories circulate – some are true, and some maybe an act of fantasy. An American Mathematician once replied to a story about a professor I told him: ‘I don’t think this is true. However, the point is, it could be true!’, meant story and person matched. John von Neumann was known to tell jokes at parties – in ancient Greek! So even if some of the following stories sounded invented: the point is, they could be true.
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