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Who to attribute a story to?

  1. Sep 19, 2010 #1
    I remember hearing a story about a mathematician who was legendarily prolific; so much so that he described his honeymoon as being one of the most unproductive times in this life because he only wrote one paper.

    I wanted to include this story in my personal statement for grad school applications, but I can't remember for the life of me who the story was about.

    My first thought was Erdos, but he was never married, so I guess its not him.

    Please help me remember!
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  3. Sep 19, 2010 #2
    my teacher sad, he is Gauss.
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  5. Sep 19, 2010 #4
    Thank you very much! You also solved the mystery of where I read that...that is the book I first learned abstract algebra from! We'll see if the anecdote actually makes it into my personal statement. Figured it was something funny without trying to be too funny.
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