Farkas Bolyai

Wolfgang Bolyai

1775 (Bolya, Hungary, now Buia, Romania) – 1856 (Marosvásáhrely, now Târgu Mureş)

Bolyai and Gauss met as students in Göttingen. Bolyai had gone to Germany to study; they became lifelong friends. After Bolyai returned home, his life had few consolations other than his own work and his continuing correspondence with Gauss, even his relationship with his mathematician son János being a difficult one; he spoke about a “permanently overcast sky” after the promise of “beautiful days” in Germany.

Farkas Bolyai knew…