He used to indulge in deep thinking and wanted to reach at the “explanation of existence and of historical development” by concentrating on the “inner perception” of the “laws of spiritual events” (W.511 as cited in Laugwitz, 2008, pRienmann wanted to explore the universe reflected in his soul as in a Leibniz monad. H found sanctuary in speculative meditation even when he wanted to work on mathematical papers, o to get into some vigorous activity for a physical experiment. Vry often, h calls himself to work and under double to justify himself (Laugwitz, 2008, pHe referred “main thing in religion” to the “daily self-test before the face of God” which is followed though worldly call of work (cited in Laugwitz, 2008, p It is this nature that led him to apologetically write to his father during one of his rare escapes with a group of some scientists, h explained to him as a justification that he spent all morning working diligently and moved ahead as much as if he was sitting on his desk with books(W.546 cited in 2008, pHis perception and mode of life had physical parallels.
Te world considers him a hypochondriac that his widow later pleaded Dedekind to oppose in his biography (Dugac, 1976 as cited in Laugwitz, 2008, p The fact is that Riemann’s physical health has always been poor as he suffered from chronic constipation for a long time (Neuenschwander 1981a, 238 as cited in Laugwitz, 2008, p During 1862, h contracted pleurisy that led to his permanent lung damage. I was followed by his long stays in Italy. Tough, i didn’t his health, bt he gained some spiritual freedom (Laugwitz, 2008, p Dedekind observed (W.555/556) that the days he spent in Italy were the shiniest ones in his life, tat glorious land rich in art and nature made him the happiest.
Tere, h felt that he was as free as any other human being, fee from suppressing concerns he felt in Gottingen at every step. De to this sense of freedom and awesome climate, Remann health remained better and he very often he came across as the happiest(as cited in 2008, pAs far as Riemann’s interests in physics and philosophy is concerned, tere are hardly any clues (Laugwitz, 2008, p Dedekind narrates rather impersonally that newlywed and recovering from illness, Remann took “great interest” in the “art treasures and antiquities” of Italy during his 1863 visit from Sicily to Gottingen (as cited...
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