Talk:Felix Hausdorff

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NPOV?[edit]

"Hausdorff was still working mathematically at these increasingly difficult times", "He worked tirelessly", "He was selflessly supported" these phrases should be reworked, they are not neutral. Olivier Diotte (talk) 00:52, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

Re Drug-related deaths & suicides[edit]

This: "On the night of Sunday 25 January all three took barbiturates. Both Hausdorff and his wife Charlotte were dead by the morning of the 26 January." is from this: MacTutor History of Mathematics entry for Hausdorff

Michael David 11:28, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

Putting him in the category makes him look as if he had died of an overdose of recreational drugs. I don't see how the fact that he used pills rather than a pistol matters. Hasdrubal 04:22, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

When the term ‘recreational’ is used in conjunction with a drug it means the drug is being used for a purpose other than for which it was prescribed. I, personally, wouldn’t categorize a drug taken with the intention of committing suicide as being ‘recreational’, but, whatever you want to call them, in the case of Hausdorff, we are stuck with the fact that this way the way he chose to commit suicide. Therefore the cause of death must be Categorized as being ‘drug-related’. I don’t believe this portrays him as a ‘recreational drug user’ but, rather, as a person who wasn’t reached in time.
Michael David 12:14, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
I read the text about his suicide, and the Categories, and there's no way to know that he tooks drugs for the specific purpose of dying. The impression is that he became a drug addict because of depression, and then he (and the two women) commited suicide by other means. The text should be explicit about his method of suicide - or the drug cathegories should be removed. Albmont 12:22, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

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Peter Frishauf My mother's mother was Edith Pappenheim, Charlotte (Lotta's) Hausdorff Pappenheim's sister. Felix, Charlotte, and Edith committed suicide as letters between Edith and Lotta and my mother (now in the posession of the Hausdorff Institute) affirm, because they were tipped off that they were being relocated to an "old age home" that was code for Auchwitz. I realize this information is primary source and therefor not a suitable referece for Wikipedia, but the Instittute will be publishing the letters with historical interptation by experts in the coming years. See the German edition of Wikipedia for more info. In the meantime, it is ridiculous to even infer that recreational drug use or treatment for depression had anything whatsoever to do with these deaths. —Preceding undated comment added 23:47, 22 December 2013 (UTC)


"His" son?[edit]

It says that Hausdorff's library was sold by "his" son. I presume that this is referring back to the previous paragraph and talking about the son of Hausdorff's lawyer, but only because the article earlier claims that Hausdorff's only child was a daughter. Anyone who missed that would assume it was talking about the son of Hausdorff. Is my interpretation correct?MathHisSci (talk) 22:53, 22 December 2013 (UTC)