Leonhard Euler pp 135-139 | Cite as



Euler’s prestige and influence were impressive already in his lifetime. For about two decades he was (according to Andreas Speiser) the spiri- tual leader of the educated circles in the protestant part of Germany.He rendered invaluable services as “golden bridge between two academies” (Winter), of which his correspondence forms an equally clear testimony as the fact that during his Berlin period there are 109 publications in the “Pe- tersburg Commentaries” written by him, as opposed to 119 in the Mémoirs of the Berlin Academy. Indeed, Euler definitely had enough stamina to work full-time at both academies, and neither of them alone could have published all of his writings and contributions; even both together did not have an easy time handling the sheer inexhaustible flood of his pro- duction. Purely from the point of view of work performance, Euler does not rank behind the most productive exponents of mankind, as for exam- ple Voltaire, Goethe, Leibniz or Telemann. We reproduce here a tabular survey (prepared by Adolf Pavlovich Yushkevich), ordered by decades, regarding the quantity of writings made ready for the press by Euler him- self — without, to be sure, taking into account a few dozen works which could not yet be dated:


Creative Mathematician Georg Cantor Conditio Sine Berlin Academy Productive Exponent 
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