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#1 musingsonmath

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 21:49

What pen would you guess is in Kurt Godel's pocket?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 22:03

Sheaffer Balance.

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#3 tmcneil82

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 22:21

Sheaffer Balance.

What it looks like to me too.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 22:27

Wow, it's nice to learn that one of the great minds of the 20th century used a Sheaffer! :thumbup:

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 00:39

Thanks for the quick response!

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:06

Two of the finest minds in history and we look at the pen. Naturally.

Where was Godel born and where and when was this picture taken?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:04

Too bad he could only afford the non-lifetime.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 14:30

Two of the finest minds in history and we look at the pen. Naturally.

Where was Godel born and where and when was this picture taken?


Kurt Godel was born in 1906 (in Austria-Hungary, now the Czech Republic). You can read his biography here:

http://www-history.m...hies/Godel.html

As for the date of the picture, there is a copy of it in Walter Isaacson's Einstein biography that dates it at 1950 - about 5 years before Einstein's death. Godel lived until 1978, eventually dying of starvation due in part to his fear that he was being poisoned.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 14:55

Too bad he could only afford the non-lifetime.



Missing the white dot just means it was ....incomplete.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 15:21

The consistency of white dot placement cannot be proven; it might have a lifetime point... but without taking the cap off, we may also wonder if he didn't borrow the pen from Schroedinger.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 16:13

LOL! good one.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 18:39

And what is the pen in Einstein's pocket?
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 21:58

Too bad he could only afford the non-lifetime.



Missing the white dot just means it was ....incomplete.


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Posted 31 October 2012 - 22:03

And what is the pen in Einstein's pocket?


http://musingsonmath...-einsteins-pen/ says we say: Waterman Taper-cap.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 22:09

And what is the pen in Einstein's pocket?

http://musingsonmath...-einsteins-pen/ says we say: Waterman Taper-cap.


I don't think that's the famous Waterman, since, as long as I know, Einstein gave it to Paul Ehrenfest long before this picture was taken.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:20

You have a point there. It's not that one. But he might have bought another.






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