My first 3 in each list are in order, the rest are not.
Mathematicians:
Euler
Riemann
Gauss
Fermat
Lagrange
Hilbert
Poincaré
Cantor
Kolmogorov
Grothendieck
Physicists:
Einstein
Newton
Maxwell
Bohr
Schrödinger
Rutherford
Dirac
Heisenberg
Pauli
Feynman
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This thread could become really cool if you (or someone else) could explain this in more detail, but without using too much mathemtical machinery, so that a physicist could understand it. :) What's the next Heegner number after -163? How do you actually calculate a Heegner number?
The Fields medal is awarded to mathematicians under the age of 40. There is no age restriction on the Abel prize as far as I know. This means you can get awarded if you do outstanding work after the age of 40. It also provides the jury with an opportunity for a longer and perhaps better...
Look at HallsofIvy's proof that n^2 is divisible by 3 only if n is divisible by 3, and look at Hurkyl's proof of the same thing. Hurkyl's proof is more elegant than HallsofIvy's proof (no offence, HallsofIvy). Well, guess what? It was HallsofIvy's method that I used when I had a go at proving...
I've always been of the opinion that mathematicians, especially pure mathematicians, are the most intelligent segment of our society, and also that pure mathematicians are born rather than made. Anyone can improve their mathematical skills and knowledge, but blood, sweat and tears are not enough...
recon, I will send you my copy of Godel, Escher, Bach. I'll need a mailing address, though. You can send me a private message with this info. If you're worried about sending a mail address online, you can use a post office address, or you can let your father know that I am willing to send you...
I've been looking for good mathematical books to read, semi-popular level books which aren't afraid to use mathematical equations, and which might even double as a good book for a mathematics undergraduate to read as a kind of supplement to standard textbooks. Just some examples of what I have...