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Henry Rutgers


We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.

Never in all their history have men been able truly to conceive of the world as one: a single sphere, a globe, having the qualities of a globe, a round earth in which all the directions eventually meet, in which there is no center because every point, or none, is center — an equal earth which all men occupy as equals. The airman’s earth, if free men make it, will be truly round: a globe in practice, not in theory.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.


  • Testing Geometry and Complicated Math, H. Rutgers & B. Rutgers, In Preparation

  • How Operators Invoke Feelings, H. Rutgers, 2017

    arXiv: 1482.5513

Awards & Distinctions

  • von Neumann Fellow at IAS


  • Simons Foundation Fellow


  • Elected Fellow of the American Mathematical Society