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comment Searching for an article
That seems like a whole book (Theory of Finite Systems of Particles by Clasine van Winter, according to online records).
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comment Useless math that became useful
@Franz: please, feel free to edit the post accordingly, since you obviously have more information on the matter than I do (mine is just encyclopedic, so I was maybe wrongly interpolating some gaps in it).
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revised Useless math that became useful
Better phrasing (I hope)
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comment Useless math that became useful
Previous comment goes for quid's (now deleted) comment. @Franz: strange goes for Euler, useless goes for Abel and Ramanujan, I should have phrased it better.
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comment Useless math that became useful
Done. Interesting enough, our both answers are related to Hardy, champion of "mathematics without practical use" (or at least what he hoped to be without practical use).
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comment Useless math that became useful
P. S. How about CWing the question and tagging it big list?
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