I think mathematicians do mathematics for reasons that are very similar to those of musicians playing music or any artist doing their art. It’s all about trying to contribute to a certain understanding of ourselves and of the world around us.
Even geniuses like to have comfy feet!
Albert Einstein, 1950s
Monument to Queen Catharina Opalinska
Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, Nancy
Zan Zig performing with rabbit and roses, magician poster, 1899