Sunday, August 28, 2011


Interesting tidbit on the Norwegian mathematician Abel: he apparently had a tragic life, he made many discoveries but in his lifetime, they were not recognized. Now he is a national icon in Norway, there is a huge statue of him in Oslo: but the joke is, since noone knew what he looked like, they made the statue so big that you cannot see his face when you are near it.


Link Yeltsin was deeply unpopular at that time in Russia, polling no more than 8% and widely blamed for the rise of the gangster oligarch...