A Short Life

  • Arild Stubhaug


Niels Henrik Abel died on April 6, 1829, not yet 27 years of age. Two weeks later in the obituary column of Den Norske Rigstidende, Sivert Smith, owner of Froland Ironworks announced that “ the highly esteemed Niels Henrik Abel, widely famous for his mathematical excellence, and Docent (Professor) at the Royal Frederik University, following 12 weeks of serious illness, has died at my house...” In a column beside the death notice, and in the section entitled “ Paid Contributions” , was a seven stanza poem entitled “ Niels Henrik Abel.”


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  • Arild Stubhaug
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  1. 1.HyggenNorway

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