Axel Thue

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Axel Thue
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Axel Thue (1863-1922)
Born (1863-02-19)19 February 1863
Tønsberg, Norway
Died 7 March 1922(1922-03-07) (aged 59)
Oslo, Norway
Residence Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Alma mater University of Kristiania
Known for Thue's theorem, Thue systems
Scientific career
Fields Mathematician
Institutions University of Kristiania
Trondheim Technical College
Thesis  (1889)
Doctoral advisor Elling Holst
Doctoral students Thoralf Skolem

Axel Thue (Norwegian: [tʉː]; 19 February 1863 – 7 March 1922), was a Norwegian mathematician, known for highly original work in diophantine approximation, and combinatorics.


Thue published his first important paper in 1909.[1]

He stated in 1914 the so-called word problem for semigroups or Thue problem, closely related to the halting problem.[2]

His only known PhD student was Thoralf Skolem.

The esoteric programming language Thue is named after him.

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  • Thue, A. (1909), "Über Annäherungswerte algebraischer Zahlen", Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik, 135: 284–305, doi:10.1515/crll.1909.135.284, ISSN 0075-4102
  • Thue, A. (1977) [1912], "Über die gegenseitige Lage gleicher Teile gewisser Zeichenreihen", Selected Math. Papers of Axel Thue, Universiteitsforlaget: 67


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