----- Original Message -----
**From:** Carolyn Kunin
**Sent:** Monday, November 03, 2003 8:37 AM
**Subject:** first response to Mathematicians Four

Thank you all for rushing to my rescue. You have told me that

1) Euler was the most prolific mathematician in history, whose complete works may still not have been published. Interesting and provocative, but not very helpful. Our author is not likely to be making reference to something

2) That, as the father of the science of Topology, Euler proposed a problem (unsolveable apparently) regarding the bridges of Konigsberg. I did know about that & even speculated that Ada Veen's towers and bridges might have originated in Konigsberg's bridges and a tower there said to have served Kant as a point of concentration.

3) Euler triplets may not be relevant (as asserted by one of my mathematicians) -- but it is interesting to wonder if Dr Eksreher's driblets don't have something to do with Euler triplets (as x-rays are often taken to reveal various planes in order to give a 3 dimensional understanding -- especially in the 1960s before magnetic resonance imaging and computer graphics.

4) From a mathematician who is successfully evading flames in San Diego: "What is commonly called the Euler problem, is the mechanical problem of a material point moving in the plane in the gravitational field of two masses: . . . Now here comes an out of the blue analogy: moving material point=Van, larger fixed mass=Ada, smaller mass=Lucette. So "Van solving the Euler problem" means "Van being attracted to both girls but slowly and inexorably closing in on Ada". Or something like that."

There's an interesting speculation -- but Van certainly doesn't solve or resolve that problem terribly successfully.

5) From the same inflammable source: "

No, I don't believe anyone has expressed this theory and I wish you would explore it further.

and finally (6)

Many thanks to all who responded,

Carolyn