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Mathematical Ancestry

  1. Sep 2, 2016 #1

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    And a professor of mine once told me that mathematical talent is passed on the sons in law ....
     
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    I am not a mathematician, but it seems that I can trace my academic lineage back to Gauss:

    Gauss -> Christian Gerling -> Julius Plucker -> Felix Klein -> Ferdinand Lindemann -> Arnold Sommerfeld -> Peter Debye -> Paul Scherrer -> Robert Mercier -> Edgar Luscher -> Wlliam Baylis -> George Jones
     
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  6. Sep 2, 2016 #5

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    How did you handle this site? I've gone to the mentor (PhD in 1959) of mine who is in the database, but haven't found any way to go further.
    The calculation of another popular "math ancestry" was far easier.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2016 #6

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    You go to the math genealogy database. Then you go to the name in question and keep clicking "advisor". Once you can't go further, I think you've reached the family starter.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2016 #7

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    Thank you. I ended up with Friedrich Leibniz (advisor of Gottfried Leibniz) which is funny because I've attended a Leibniz-school.
    The way there has read as a who-is-who in 18th - early 20th century.
     
  9. Sep 2, 2016 #8

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    That's the fourth largest family. Nice.
     
  10. Sep 2, 2016 #9

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    Fourth? Lol, another coincidence. I'll have to review my strict rejection of superstitions and numerology. I really hope nobody will create a database that goes even deeper. I'd probably end up at Pythagoras. And I don't like him because of his numerology. At least easy to remember as long as I don't forget my school.
     
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