Gödel had a cosmological model. Hamel, primarily a mechanician, gave any vector space a basis. Plücker, best known for line geometry, spent years on magnetism. What other mathematicians had so distant interests that one wouldn’t guess one from the other?

(Best if the two interests are not endpoints of a *continuum*, as may have been the case of past universalists like Euler or Cauchy. For this reason, maybe best restrict to post-1850 or so?)

The point of asking is that it seems not so rare, but you don’t normally learn it other than by chance.

**Edit:** Now CW, works best with “one mathematician per answer” (and details of actual ** achievement**, e.g. “war work on radar” may have been creative for some but maybe not all who did it).$\,\!$

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