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Fun fact: higher/formal math? Yes. Numbers? Not even close.

Fascinating... thanks, Devac.

I wanna see stuff like Landau's handwritten proof for Landau damping. Or Boltzmann's notebooks. Stuff like that, to check their notations. Hell, even their penmanship and how many steps they showed in their derivations would be fascinating.

- Hell, even their penmanship and how many steps they showed in their derivations would be fascinating.

Everything I heard[1] or read about Landau says he was extremely meticulous. And probably wouldn't hesitate from calling it "Landau's damping" in his own derivation. ;) There are some anecdotes in one of the biographies I have at home, but I don't think there were any bits of correspondence attached. I'll send you a scan if there will indeed be some of Landau's handwriting.

[1] - That's mostly second hand, unfortunately. I think it got to me from prof Woronowicz, mentored by prof Maurin, who in turn worked with Landau for some time in the '50s.