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[–] rwbj 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Have your work live on forever everywhere on this planet, or have a fancy rock.

Wealth sure is nice in the present, but it's too true that it and all it stood for tends to fade as quickly as those who accumulated it when that wealth is their defining achievement.

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[–] belphegorsprime 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That reminds me of a lyric from an old Irish song:

The miser hoards and stores his gold.

The bee collects the summer honey.

When that miser's dead and cold,

Someone else will kiss his money!

Here are the full lyrics.

And here is the song on youtube.

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[–] Wedhro 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Let's see it from a different perspective: wealth (and a fancy rock) is how society tells you she likes you. When society likes rappers more than mathematical geniuses, we might have a problem.

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[–] rwbj 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think money is a measure of little more than the successful pursuit of such. It does have loose correlations with some features of 'value' but in general the best way to earn money is to seek it out or to be granted it by birth. Now imagine we could ask any successful scientist if they'd had the mutually exclusive choice of being a successful scientist of moderate means or being a scientifically illiterate millionaire. Which do you think they'd pick? I imagine it'd be very near if not literally 100% on the path of science. And that, alone, is I think, the reason we have Boole the famed mathematician instead of a Boole the millionaire who nobody would know the name of today. I mean Boole started his own school at age 19! I don't think this is even speculation. If his pursuit were money instead of knowledge, I have little doubt he would have found success there as well. Thankfully for all, it was not.

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[–] moremetalguitar 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This simple headstone was the only one available.

His family had to pick between 1 or zero.

I'll see myself out

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[–] Slayfire122 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

George Boole. Died at 49 years do to pleural effusion (excess fluid that accumulates in the pleural cavity). Wikipedia

Here's a picture of his headstone before it was cleaned up and re-etched.

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[–] Jimbonez_Jonez 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I prefer my algebra nice and dirty, thanks.

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[–] pitenius 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Money has nothing to do with it, OP.

Boole was rich enough. The most ornate headstones tend to be from rich parents for their children.

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If that was in the US, generations of highschool kids would be vandalizing it. /jk

I think it's kinda classy, myself. Stands out from the more classical style of headstones surrounding him by the looks of it.

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[–] JoeKerr 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

one wreath, perfect for boole

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[–] 8546798? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

or not.