Talk:Niels Henrik Abel

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Nice article. (I added the comment on "abelian" at the end.) Michael Hardy 17:25 Jan 13, 2003 (UTC)

Agree. But the article would be even better if someone with knowledge of french could translate the quote into english... (I can't) -- User:Jegerjensen
It says, in essence, "What a head the young Norwegian has!" --Zundark 14:57, 10 Jun 2004 (UTC)

The grape joke is "What is purple and commutes?" not "What is purple and commutative?" The former creates the expectation of something traveling to and fro someplace, making the punchline "An abelian grape," even funnier because it relies on a different definition of commutes - specifically a commutative property. The latter is incomprehensible and not particularly funny. 00:00, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

Regarding Jerzy's revert edit -- again. I've done a search for "What's purple and commutative?" 203 results in Google. "What's purple and commutes?" 404 results -- including prominent math pages. It makes more sense and it's more popular. Please do not revert without a better explanation. Edit: And just to add, the majority of the results from the commutative come from someone's signature in a forum post and the replies to that post quoting the original. The actual unique results for commutative, excluding wikipedia and, is about 8. I think that settles it. 01:57, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

With varying quality the Norwegian article on Niels Henrik Abel has been (almost completely) translated. I'll try my best to use the better parts of it in this article, but any help would be tremendously appreciated. This is the page where the current translation is stored: User:Karl-kjeks-Erik/Translations

Thanks in advance. Karl-kjeks-Erik 16:39, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

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Whoops, I got lost in all the legalese surrounding this and had not realized I needed to fill in one of them thar fair use templates. I have done so now; hopefully, if it's still deemed unacceptable, it will be a human, not a robot, yelling at me. Hanche 20:16, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Where did Abel study?[edit]

An anonymous user at keeps on editing the part where it says that Abel studied at Royal Frederick University. To this user and others, let me state clearly that this was the name of the University of Oslo in those days, as he would have found out had he followed the link. Instead, he wants to call it the University of Christiania, which as far as I know has never been the name of said university. The city of Oslo was in fact called Christiania in the early 19th century, but the name of the university is a different matter. So will please discuss his rationale for his edits here before he makes another change like that? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hanche (talkcontribs) 19:29, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Why didn't Newton invent group theory? Because he wasn't "Abel"!

XD —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:01, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Source material?[edit]

I made some small changes to the article today. I also noted that some of the text appears to be copied directly from this site. Original contributions are needed. -- Astrochemist (talk) 13:35, 14 February 2009 (UTC)


The two pictures of Abel were quite similar and crowded the article. I deleted the more washed-out version and put the other one at the top. - Astrochemist (talk) 13:27, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Article is Inaccessible[edit]

This article is inacessible from the normal search box, where 'Abel' brings up only 'Cain and Abel' from the Hebrew Bible. Could someone fix this?

Cause of Death[edit]

Also, the pessimistic Bell, in classic 'Development of Mathematics', refers to Abel as having published privately and dying from tuberculosis, essentially from poverty. His death is rather mysterious in the article. Thanks. (Geologist) PS. It could be mentioned how much Galois benefitted from Abel's work.

Removed Wikipedia link to Stener Johannes Stenersen[edit]

I removed the Wikipedia link to Stener Johannes Stenersen, as it references an article about the Norwegian veterinarian born after the time period mentioned. The correct Stener Johannes Stenersen was a theologian who has an article in the Norwegian Wikipedia here: — Preceding unsigned comment added by PeaceLoveHarmony (talkcontribs) 16:28, 13 November 2013 (UTC)