Failing Phoenix: Tauber, Helly, and Viennese Life Insurance

Sigmund, Karl
March 2004
Mathematical Intelligencer;Spring2004, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p21
Academic Journal
Focuses on the life of mathematicians Alfred Tauber and Eduard Helly, who worked as actuaries for the Viennese life insurance company Phoenix. Crash of the company in 1936 which is one of the major disasters in the history of the first Austrian republic; Controversy in the relegation of Tauber to actuarial mathematics at the University of Vienna; Helly's discovery of a basic theorem of convex geometry.


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