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How do you pronounce these people's names?

  1. Feb 13, 2005 #1
    Ramanujan
    Feynman
    Germain
    Brouwer
    Lagrange
    Lebesgue
    Stieltjes

    ..thank you.

    I have only read about them, and was curious about the correct pronoucniation of their names.

    EDIT - I was also wondering about Galois.
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2005 #2

    Janitor

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    I've heard Feynman pronounced as FINE mun.

    Not sure about the others.

    The word "spinor," by the way, is pronounced like "spinner," not "spine ur."

    How about Gell-Mann? Is it a hard 'G' like in "golf"? Which half of the name gets the accent?
     
  4. Feb 13, 2005 #3
    Lagrange: la - grant - ch
    this is how my professors pronounce
     
  5. Feb 13, 2005 #4

    honestrosewater

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    answers.com has entries with pronunciation key for all but Stieltjes.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2005 #5

    Monique

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    Stieltjes: steal tjus (u as in truck)
     
  7. Feb 13, 2005 #6

    dextercioby

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    Monique,are u Dutch speaking native...?

    Daniel.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2005 #7

    dextercioby

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    Galileo should help us.He's a student at Leiden,where there's this College of Mathematics bearing Stieltjes' name...

    Daniel.
     
  9. Feb 13, 2005 #8

    Monique

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    Yup.

    I'm trying to think of a way to explain the pronounciation of Brouwer.. but that is really a hard one :confused:
     
  10. Feb 13, 2005 #9

    Monique

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    Ah! Easy: flower, brouwer. Just replace the F with Br.
     
  11. Feb 13, 2005 #10

    JasonRox

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    I'm french, so when it comes to saying the name of a mathematician it comes out right. :)
     
  12. Feb 13, 2005 #11

    dextercioby

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    I've had a lotta trouble with Huygens...Or t'Hooft...How are they spelled ?

    Daniel.
     
  13. Feb 13, 2005 #12
    There was one prof I had from India and when he was covering quantum physics (which he pronounced phyg-uks) in a graduate class my friend was taking he would make references to using the Hartree-Fock method. Of course he would say something like: 'Theese is whare you need the Hearty-F**k' or at least it sounded that way to the amusement of the class. :rofl:
     
  14. Feb 13, 2005 #13

    Gokul43201

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    Feynman : fine(like the word)-muhn(rhymes with 'bun')

    Brouwer : brow(as in 'eyebrow', rhymes roughly with 'how', but closer to the German 'frau')-uhr(like the ends of 'fur' and 'her') - edit : use Monique's pronunciation.

    Lagrange : lah('ah' as in 'hard')-grahnzh (the 'zh' as in 'pleasure' , 'pressure' , 'leisure' - courtesy dexter)

    Germain : zhuhr(rhymes with 'fur' and 'her')-man(like the word, closer to the è sound in French)

    Lebesgue : lə('luh', rhymes roughly with 'the')-beg(like the word)

    Galois : gahl(rhymes with the Dutch 'vaal'; 'ah' as in 'hard')-wah(same 'ah' sound)

    Ramanujan : rah('ah' as in 'hard')-mah-nu('u' as in 'put')-juhn(rhymes with bun)

    I've heard Gell-Mann pronounced with a hard 'g' (by some old physicist on Discovery Channel - he sounded like he was a contemporary). He (and others I've heard) pronounced the name gell-muhn (to rhyme with 'sell bun'), but I recall one time when I heard it pronounced gell-mahn.

    Incidentally, Gell-Mann was a dabbler in linguistics and often corrected other peoples' pronunciations of their own names ! :biggrin:

    la-grant-ch is hardly acceptable :yuck:
     
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  15. Feb 13, 2005 #14

    Gokul43201

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    When little perturbations don't do it for you, you do need a hearty f**k ! :approve:
     
  16. Feb 13, 2005 #15
    What an embarrassment - the only thing I pronounced right prior to reading this was Feynman.
     
  17. Feb 13, 2005 #16

    dextercioby

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    That "e" without any accent is a closed "e" and is approximately French "eu" or German "ö".

    Gokul,about that "zh",i think in English u have the words:"pleisure" and "leisure".It's almost the same sound.

    Daniel.

    EDIT:You might add:"treasure" and "seizure".
     
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  18. Feb 13, 2005 #17

    Gokul43201

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    Ouch ! Guess that completely skipped my head. Hope you don't mind if I go back and put in a correction.
     
  19. Feb 13, 2005 #18

    Moonbear

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    It rhymes with a snooty, Frenchified pronunciation of orange (unless you're in CA, and you have to first learn that it's pronounce ahr-ahnj, not oar-inj) :tongue2: That's the closest I can come up with anything in English that might help with that zh sound.
     
  20. Feb 13, 2005 #19

    Gokul43201

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    Snooty, frenchified ! :eek: That explains the weird looks I got at the grocery store. :biggrin:

    Isn't "snooty, Frenchified" just short for 'French' ?
     
  21. Feb 13, 2005 #20
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    I guess that's what you need when a simple iteration by hand won't work! :rofl:
     
  22. Feb 13, 2005 #21

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    It's the redneck pronunciation guide (please, someone rescue me from OH! I'm turning into one of them). :biggrin: Sort of like going to Target and calling it Tar-zhay.
     
  23. Feb 13, 2005 #22

    Gokul43201

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    You say that too ? Phew ! I got the feeling Billy Bob and Billy Ray didn't get what I was trying to say to them when I was giving them directions to the State Fair Rodeo event ("pass Target and keep driving till you see the red chateau; then turn left into the cul-de-sac").
     
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  24. Feb 13, 2005 #23

    Moonbear

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    Yep, though have also been known to take the joke too far and insist on going to the local Kro-zhair (not sure how to show the pronunciation of the -er) for my groceries.
     
  25. Feb 13, 2005 #24

    Gokul43201

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    Ooh, Tribby should make a table for thread hijackers next. Kro-zhair, I have been taught, is wrong :cry: Apparently it's supposed to be pronounced with a hard 'g'...the imbeciles ! :grumpy:
     
  26. Feb 13, 2005 #25

    brewnog

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    Huygens - "Hi-jens", or so I've heard.


    And please, don't talk to me about the French today.... Grrr!
     
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