Heinz Klaus Strick's histories

Here are English translations of my contributions to the Mathematical Monthly Calendar, which have been published online by Spektrum der Wissenschaft since January 2006.
If you want to read the stories and download them, you must only click on the "stamps".

From top to bottom (in alphabetical order):

Niels Henrik Abel, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Jean le Rond d'Alembert,
al-Biruni, al-Haitham, al-Karaji, al-Kashi, Muhammed al-Khwarizmi, Apollonius von Perga, Francois Arago, Archimedes, Aryabhata, Avicenna,

Charles Babbage, Bachet de Meziriac, Stefan Banach, Isaac Barrow, Thomas Bayes, Daniel Bernoulli, Jakob Bernoulli, Johann Bernoulli, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel, Bhaskara II, Jànos Bolyai, Bernard Bolzano, George Boole, Ruder Boskovic, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Brahmagupta, William Brouncker, Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon,

Georg Cantor, Constantin Caratheodory, Girolamo Cardano, Eugène Catalan, Augustin Cauchy, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Arthur Cayley, Giovanni Ceva, Emilie du Chatelet, Pafnuti Chebyshev, Alexis Clairaut, Nicolas de Condorcet,

Richard Dedekind, Girard Desargues, René Descartes, Diophant,
Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Albrecht Dürer,

Gotthold Eisenstein, Eratosthenes, Paul Erdös, Euclid, Eudoxus of Nidos, Leonhard Euler,

Pierre de Fermat, Fibonacci (Leonardo von Pisa), Joseph Fourier,
Galileo Galilei, Evariste Galois, Carl Friedrich Gauss,
Gemma Frisius, Sophie Germain, Kurt Gödel, Christian Goldbach, Herrmann Grassmann, James Gregory,
Jacques Hadamard, Edmond Halley, William Rowan Hamilton, Godfrey Harold Hardy, Thomas Harriot, Felix Hausdorff, Charles Hermite, Heron of Alexandria, David Hilbert, Adolf Hurwitz, Christiaan Huygens,
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Camille Jordan,

Johannes Kepler, Omar Khayyam, Felix Klein, Andrei Kolmogorov, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Leopold Kronecker, Ernst Eduard Kummer,
Joseph Louis Lagrange, Johann Heinrich Lambert, Edmund Landau, Pierre Simon Laplace, Henri Lebesgue, Adrien-Marie Legendre, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonardo da Vinci, Guillaume de l'Hopital, Sophus Lie, Joseph Liouville, Liu Hui, Nicolai Lobachevsky, Ada Lovelace, Édouard Lucas, Alexander Lyapunov,

Colin Maclaurin, Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis & Charles Marie de La Condamine, Hermann Minkowski, Gerardus Mercator, Marin Mersenne, Maryam Mirzahkhani, August Möbius, Abraham de Moivre, Karl Brandan Mollweide, Gaspard Monge, Augustus de Morgan,

John Napier, Narayana Pandita, John von Neumann, Isaac Newton, Emmy Noether, Pedro Nunes,

Nicole Oresme,

Luca Pacioli, Pappus von Alexandria, Blaise Pascal, Giuseppe Peano, Julius Plücker, Henri Poincaré, Siméon Denis Poisson, Ptolemeus, Pythagoras,


Srinivasa Ramanujan, Robert Recorde, Regiomontanus, Bernhard Riemann, Adam Ries, Matteo Ricci, Paolo Ruffini, Bertrand Russell,

Ludwig Schläfli, Charlotte Angas Scott, Seki Kowa, Waclaw Sierpinski, Willebrodus Snellius, Jakob Steiner, Moritz Abraham Stern, Simon Stevin, Michael Stifel, James Stirling, James Joseph Sylvester,
Brook Taylor, Thabit Ibn Qurra, Thales of Miletus, Evangelista Torricelli, Alan Turing,

Charles de La Vallée Poussin, Francois Viète,

Abul Wafa, John Wallis, Karl Weierstrass,

Grace Chisholm Young,

Ernst Zermelo, Zu Chongzhi


Of these stories, a total of 51 contributions were translated into English by David Kramer on behalf of the European Mathematical Society (EMS) in the years 2011-2014 and published on the homepage of the EMS. Unfortunately, they could no longer be found there. Therefore, I have now provided these translations with a new layout and published them again on this website.

Since 2020, you can find these texts again on the homepage of St Andrews University




And in collaboration with John O'Connor from
St Andrews University we can present numerous further translations. Meanwhile (21.01.2022) there is a total of 163 "histories" (of a total of 193 German-language contributions on Spektrum so far).

Several portraits have been drawn by my son Andreas Strick



Maths Calendars for the support of

Peace Village International


Do you like maths puzzles?


Then you should order the maths calendars 2022 with

12 Problems of the Month

(junior: from 9 to 13 years, senior: from 14 to 99 years)


After your order I will send you a pdf to print out the calendar pages yourself.

The selling price of € 5.00 goes without any deductions to the Peace Village Oberhausen.

At the end of each month you will find the solutions to the problems here.

Heinz Klaus Strick, "Ambassador" of the Peace Village


Excursions to mathematics 

In 17 chapters, this book attempts to deal with well-known and less well-known topics in mathematics. This is done in a vivid way and therefore the book contains a wealth of colour illustrations. It deals with stars and polygons, rectangles and circles, straight and curved lines, natural numbers, square numbers and much more. If you look at the illustrations, you will discover plenty of exciting and beautiful things in mathematics.

The book offers a variety of suggestions to think about what is depicted and to experiment in order to make and check your own assumptions. For many topics, no (or only few) prerequisites from school lessons are needed. It is an important concern of the book that young people find their way to mathematics and that readers whose school days are some time ago discover new things. The numerous references to internet sites and further literature help in this respect.

"Solutions" to the suggestions interspersed in the individual sections can be downloaded here:

Solutions Mathematics is beautiful.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 5.7 MB

The book was thus written for everyone who enjoys mathematics or who would like to understand why the book bears this title. It is also aimed at teachers who want to give their students additional or new motivation to learn.

This book is a translation of the original German 2nd edition Mathematik ist schön by Heinz Klaus Strick, published by Springer-Verlag GmbH, DE, part of Springer Nature in 2019. The translation was done with the help of artificial intelligence (machine translation by the service DeepL.com). In the subsequent editing, the author, with the friendly support of John O'Connor, St Andrews University, Scotland, tried to make it closer to a conventional translation. Still, the book may read stylistically differently from a conventional translation. Springer Nature works continuously to further the development of tools for the production of books and on the related technologies to support the authors.