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The Mathematical Intelligencer

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 67–75 | Cite as

Mathematics Underfoot: The Formulas That Came to Würzburg from New Haven

  • A. J. Bracken
Years Ago Jemma Lorenat, Editor

On a trip to the German city of Würzburg in 2016, I visited the memorial honouring Wilhelm Röntgen, who discovered x-rays there in 1895 and who was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 as a result.1

At the time of his discovery, Röntgen was Professor and Head of the Institute of Physics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg. His laboratory is preserved, complete with much of his equipment, in a building that is open to the public and that is now part of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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Acknowledgements

My thanks to Vincent Hart, Ludvik Bass, Peter Jarvis, Gunnar Bartsch, Anja Schlömerkemper, Wolfgang Schlegel, Steve Webb, Robert Grebner, Denise Stevens, and Matthias Reichling for their various inputs and encouragement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematics and PhysicsThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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