Lasting fame

9 March 2006

On Regent’s Park: “This en­clo­sure … will give a sort of glory to the Regent’s government, which will be more felt by remote pos­ter­ity than the vic­to­ries of Trafal­gar and Waterloo, glo­ri­ous as these are.” – Henry Robinson, from a sign at Regent’s Park

“… on the whole the history of science is fair, and this is par­tic­u­larly true of mathematics. No other subject has such clear-cut or unan­i­mously ac­cepted standards, and the men who are re­mem­bered are almost always the men who merit it. Math­e­mat­i­cal fame, if you have the cash to pay for it, is one of the sound­est and stead­i­est of investments.” – G.H. Hardy, “A Mathematician’s Apology”