How do you pronounce these people's names?

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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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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?
 
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Lagrange: la - grant - ch
this is how my professors pronounce
 
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Stieltjes: steal tjus (u as in truck)
 
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Monique,are u Dutch speaking native...?

Daniel.
 
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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.
 
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dextercioby said:
Monique,are u Dutch speaking native...?

Daniel.
Yup.

I'm trying to think of a way to explain the pronounciation of Brouwer.. but that is really a hard one :confused:
 
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Ah! Easy: flower, brouwer. Just replace the F with Br.
 
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I'm french, so when it comes to saying the name of a mathematician it comes out right. :)
 
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I've had a lotta trouble with Huygens...Or t'Hooft...How are they spelled ?

Daniel.
 
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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:
 
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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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polyb said:
'Theese is whare you need the Hearty-F**k' :rofl:
When little perturbations don't do it for you, you do need a hearty f**k ! :approve:
 
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What an embarrassment - the only thing I pronounced right prior to reading this was Feynman.
 
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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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dextercioby said:
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.
Ouch ! Guess that completely skipped my head. Hope you don't mind if I go back and put in a correction.
 
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Gokul43201 said:
Lagrange : lah('ah' as in 'hard')-grahnzh (the 'zh' sound has no English usage that I can think of, but is the French pronunciation for the letters 'j' and 'g'-soft)
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.
 
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It rhymes with a snooty, Frenchified pronunciation of orange
Snooty, frenchified ! :eek: That explains the weird looks I got at the grocery store. :biggrin:

Isn't "snooty, Frenchified" just short for 'French' ?
 
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When little perturbations don't do it for you, you do need a hearty f**k ! :approve:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I guess that's what you need when a simple iteration by hand won't work! :rofl:
 
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Gokul43201 said:
Snooty, frenchified ! :eek: That explains the weird looks I got at the grocery store. :biggrin:

Isn't "snooty, Frenchified" just short for 'French' ?
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.
 
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Sort of like going to Target and calling it Tar-zhay.
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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You say that too ? Phew !
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.
 
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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:
 
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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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