LATELY — 9 March 2006

Lasting fame

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”