Phenomenal Memory

Leonhard Euler was blessed with a phenomenal memory. Plagued by insomnia one night, he calculated the 6th powers of the first 100 integers in his head, and found that several days later he could still remember the entire table.

[Though Euler went blind in 1766, he continued to work, simply keeping track (in his mind) of computations which would fill several blackboards.]

[Euler was so prolific that an entire volume is required simply to contain his list of (approximately 800) publications. Approximately one third of the entire corpus of mathematical research published in the last three-quarters of the eighteenth century was published by Euler. Indeed, presses were kept busy for thirty-five years after Euler's death before his last manuscript was printed.]

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