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Tobias Dantzig (February 19, 1884 – August 9, 1956) was a Baltic German Russian American mathematician, the father of George Dantzig, and the author of NUMBER: The Language of Science (A Critical Survey Written for the Cultured non Mathematician) (1930) and Aspects of Science (New York, Macmillan, 1937).

Born in Latviamarker, Dantzig studied mathematics with Henri Poincaré in Parismarker. Tobias married a fellow Sorbonne Universitymarker student, Anja Ourisson, and the couple emigrated to the United Statesmarker in 1910. Working for a time as a lumberjack in Oregonmarker, Dantzig received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana Universitymarker in 1917. He taught at Johns Hopkins, Columbia University, and the University of Marylandmarker. Dantzig died in Los Angelesmarker in 1956.

Memorable Quotation:

"The harmony of the universe knows only one musical form - the legato; while the symphony of number knows only its opposite - the staccato. All attempts to reconcile this discrepancy are based on the hope that an accelerated staccato may appear to our senses as a legato."

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  1. The Mathematics Genealogy Project - Tobias Dantzig



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