Monday, April 15, 2013

Euler.... Euler... Euler...

Today Google celebrates a man named Leonhard Euler.

It’s the 306 anniversary of his birth date. Euler, a Swiss mathematician and physicist, pioneered and made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory. Already hurts my head. (I’m not a math person!)

So why do I bother remarking on it?

A character of mine has a surname of Euler as well. Funny thing is, he’s not named for this man. The main character of that tale, Jeremy, “told” me his best friend’s last name. Turns out it’s famous in the right circles.

I discovered the accidental reference after having written the book. Perhaps sadly, Frankie Euler isn’t anywhere near the mental level of his non-namesake. But I like him anyway.

The book in question, by the way, is What If It’s a Trick Question? and it can currently be read online at Authonomy . The link is in the left sidebar column.  Not sure if it's going to be there much longer or not - so start reading what's been called my masterpiece by some, and meet Franklin Euler for yourself.

*As always, my drawings, deemed either good or bad in quality/skill/etc., are primarily for my amusement only.

*Regarding the pronunciation of Euler, see the comments.


Anon said...

You do know it's pronounced "oiler", right? ;)

Peter Von Brown said...

Yes, yes I do.
A scientist (yes really) friend of mine told me when she read the book (as I wrote it, actually - she'd be anxiously awaiting the next chapter.) Frankie, however, pronounces it as the famous character 'Ferris Beuller' This is a connection that I had to have made subconsciously. I didn't realize how it sounded like Ferris until it, too, had been pointed out to me. As I said, Jeremy told me his friend's name, I believed him.

And since I usually have a twisty/vaguely humorous bent to my post titles, I had to go with that one.