fwd from FoRK re mathematic and vampiric networks...

Dan Brickley danbri at w...
Mon Nov 18 22:06:08 UTC 2002



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Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 10:10:49 -0800
From: Dave Long <dl at s...>
To: fork at x...
Subject: Re[2]: the vampire flbrrt



> That 49 child user accounts for more bites at one hop than all its
> children combined. Few bitten children become vampires, but the ones that
> do bite enough children to more than compensate.

I found a few more bitten children at
"The Mathematics Genealogy Project"
<http://hcoonce.math.mankato.msus.edu/index.html>

I started out by tracking back from
Hilbert, and wound up with the Rev:

Christian Andreas Siber (13712 descendants)
Dr. theol. Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg
1682: De stylo Novi Testamenti Graeco
<http://hcoonce.math.mankato.msus.edu/html/id.phtml?id=59365>

It makes sense that we'd find a DD
in here -- they and mathematicians
both have that unhealthy fascination
with the eternal. However, one of
his descendant students was:

Abraham Gotthelf Kaestner (13709 descendants)
Ph.D. Universitaet Leipzig
1739: Theoria radicum in aequationibus
<http://hcoonce.math.mankato.msus.edu/html/id.phtml?id=35958>

So there's a math dissertation, and
it doesn't take us much further to
find a familiar name:

Carl Friedrich Gauss (13299 descendants)
Ph.D. Universitaet Helmstedt
1799: Demonstratio nova theorematis omnem functionem algebraicam
rationalem integram unius variabilis in factores reales primi vel
secundi gradus resolvi posse
<http://hcoonce.math.mankato.msus.edu/html/id.phtml?id=18231>

Check out the thesis titles. At least
now we can hear math in the vernacular.

Foogilly bargilly
Liber Apostoli
Calculus latinized
How can I cope?

Soporifically
Droning text translated:
Soporiferrimus!
So much for hope.

> It makes me think about the fear of power-law growth, or
> maybe of decentralized networks, embedded in the vampire myth.

On the other hand, I can recommend
(the other) Barber's book _Vampires,
Burial, and Death_.

-Dave




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