In one corner of my web site (Fermat6) is an unpublished paper of mine, 'Could there exist a sixth Fermat prime? I believe it is not impossible.' At the top of that paper I wrote:
For my wife, Mary, and in memory of my parents Annie Sands (1900-1967) and Seán Cosgrave (1906-1995),
and now, as I make my final additions to my site, I repeat that same dedication.
Here is a photograph with my parents in it (from the left: Mum, Mrs Murray, Anne McDonagh, Dad, and ?) at their school in Bailieboro, taken in the early 1960s; and here is one of my mother's garden - a beautiful place - at the back of our home in Henry Street, Bailieboro. Dad did some gardening - always in a suit - but it was Mum's garden. I used to love climbing those trees at the bottom of the garden. Once, when I was perhaps ten years old, with a nearby tree (which I later tried to paint, in London, when I was a student there), I turned my back on it, and wondered if it was still there... I tried turning quickly to see if I would find that it had gone away... Many years later I read somewhere - in Bertrand Russell? - that others had done that over the years.
There are many more photographs of my parents, family, and friends in the Autobiography corner of my web site.
" Do not be too concerned about your current disappointment. The best that any mathematician can really hope for is to prove some first class theorems and have them understood and appreciated by a few good mathematicians..."
Marco Schutzenberger, from G.E.Andrews'(we are in the same photo here) article "Some debts I owe''.
anniversary edition of Constance Reid's FROM ZERO TO INFINITY was
published in January 2007 (see an MAA
review here). I was absolutely delighted that Constance Reid quoted from
a September 1999 email of mine in her two new pages 'What mathematicians and
teachers write about FROM ZERO TO INFINITY.' That 1999 initial contact with Constance
Reid resulted from an August
1999 email that I sent to the Number Theory Mailing List. To see what
Constance quoted you
will have to buy her wonderful book, the book that determined the course of my
mathematical life. I shall always treasure the signed
copy of the 50th anniversary edition which Constance sent to me. (Here is
the cover of my
My author royalties from the sale of Folding Landscapes' A Prime For The Millennium booklet (an explanatory email to my niece Jo and nephew Ben) go to the Irish Cancer Society. See the Millennium prime booklet section of my site for further details.
There is another photograph from the Kennys launch in the Photographs section of my site.
BAILIEBOROUGH (A PICTORIAL PAST), by Leslie McKeague, is a wonderful tribute to my hometown of Bailieborough, County Cavan.
Contact details. jbcosgrave at gmail.com