Some Things Don't Change


From I Want to be a Mathematician, Paul Halmos’s autobiography.

One day Landau came home and complained about the long and boring afternoon he had just spent with old man Dedekind. Beginning to lose his grip, all Dedekind would talk about was the old days — he complained bitterly about those hard , unkind, and unfair questions he was asked on his PhD exam — by Gauss.

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