Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I was recently doing some reading on Wikipedia, and I noticed that if you go far enough though Isaac Newton's notable students' students' students. . . (and so on), eventually one was Augustus De Morgan's adviser, and one who was J.J. Thomson's adviser. There seems to be a great linkage between all of these famous scientists (and it begs the question: can good advisers create more good students, or do good students successfully get good advisors?). Are there any particularly interesting links between famous mathematicians or other scientists?

share|improve this question
    
Well, both. One the one hand, a good student is more likely to seek F. Amos Guy as adviser than to seek Uthar Lee Nondescript, and a promising student has better chances to be accepted by Mr Guy than a nondescript or bad student. On the other hand, a good teacher and adviser can tickle out more from her/his students than a mediocre one. –  Daniel Fischer Aug 19 at 19:34
2  
Not exactly relevant, but not irrelevant either: the Erdős–Bacon number. –  Malvolio Aug 19 at 23:08

2 Answers 2

up vote 6 down vote accepted

You probably already know this, but just in case:

Mathematics Genealogy Project

share|improve this answer
    
Actually, I'm quite amazed that I've never heard of that site. Thanks! –  Alex Miller Aug 19 at 19:22
    
You'll all be happy to know that I have a direct line (through my calc II teacher last semester) of knowledge coming directly from Euler, Gauss, Laplace, Bernoulli, Hilbert, and Fourier. Truly remarkable when you think about it. –  Alex Miller Aug 19 at 19:46
    
@user160931: Cool! I can "only" claim (through my thesis advisor) Hegel, Schelling, Fichte, Kant, Mersenne, Leibniz, Melanchthon and van Ceulen... :) –  Frunobulax Aug 19 at 20:05
    
Wow, I got Gauss, Poisson, Dirichlet, Fourier, Laplace and Lagrange. And I do engineering, not maths. MGP is an awesome site. –  kbau Aug 19 at 20:47

I suggest you take a look at the Mathematics genealogy project and get lost following all fascinating links and finding famous mathematicians. The tree on the front page is already stunning.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.