A Mathematical Tour of the Princeton Cemetery
Compiled by Doron Zeilberger (Posted Dec. 31, 2014)
In fond memory of Richard B. Fishbane (Oct. 6, 1953 - Dec. 19, 2014), who in spite of not being a mathematician,
was outstandingly brilliant, and more important, a wonderful mensch
I am lucky to live in Princeton, who has its share of living geniuses. But their genius dwarfs in comparison to
the quantity (and quality!) of dead geniuses most of whom (but not the greatest of them all, dear Albert)
are buried in the
The official VIP list, issued by the cemetery, contains the following names.
Each name is followed by the coordinates [Letter-Number] in p.3 of this
But there are many other geniuses not mentioned there
My friend Richard Fishbane's grave is not far from Herbert Robbins, its location is M-34.
Peter L. Hammer [appx. J-20],
who taught me about pseudo-Boolean functions when I was 18 (and he was 32).
His gravestone has the inscription: "He belonged to a family loved by the synagogue"
[here is a picture of the place-holder
for his grave, taken in 2006]
Aaron Lemonick [appx. P-31]
David Peter Robbins (1942-2003) [B-28] (not far from the gate that
borders Witherspoon St.)
[here is a picture of his beautiful grave, and
here is a close-up depicting three copies
of an example of a
that he (along with W.H. Mills and H. Rumsey) conjectured are enumerated by the Robbins numbers.
This conjecture was proved by George Andrews, and I used the latter result to give the first
proof of another conjecture of Mills-Robbins-Rumsey, called the
Alternating Sign Matrix conjecture
Herbert Robbins [ appx. M-32], the PhD advisor of my dear late friend and collaborator
Herbert S. Wilf, and the co-author (with Richard Courant) of the classic
What is Mathematics
John Tukey [appx. 1-E, visible from Wiggins Street, right next to the fence],
Steven Orszag [appx. Y-28], a close collaborator of
my dear late friend
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