David Hilbert

David Hilbert was one of the successors to Gauss’ former position as the observatory director at Gottingen. He made some contributions to algebra and supported Cantor’s set theory. He was also known to be slow at grasping new concepts in an attempt to understand them completely. Hilbert tried unsuccessfully to get Emmy Noether a faculty appointment at Gottingen.

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Z Proportions

Becca Hirsbrunner photographed this fabulously constructed Z proportions letter. Interestingly, every element but the diagonal bar can be rationalized.
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NASA Scientists in 1961

In 1961 NASA scientists worked hard to send an American astronaut to the moon. And we have this beautiful photo from those days.
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Mandelbrot Island

When Alexis Monnerot-Dumaine rendered Mandelbrot set as an island using the fractal-based landscape generator, Terragen, he got this Mandelbrot island.

Adaptive Roots

These two lovely photos of adaptive roots show how nature fits the environment, and the way they do that is so impressive!

A Geometric Haircut

Imagine that your barber’s name is Zeno and he is doing 1/2 off haircuts. Probably he would do a geometric haircut. This is hilarious.
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Limit Definition of Derivative

This limit definition of derivatives math meme depicts calculus students when they realize they can use a simple notation for derivatives.