"our honest Klingenstierna"
Samuel Klingenstierna (1698–1765) was the most brilliant Swedish mathematician of the 18th century. He was professor of geometry at Uppsala 1728–1750. When a professorial chair in experimental physics was established in 1750, Klingenstierna became its first holder. A few days after his death, he was briefly described by his friend and colleague Carl Linnaeus.
"So our honest Klingenstierna is dead; he was a meek and even man; nulli gravis [trouble to no one]. Had he worked to his capacity, he could have been 1,000 times greater. He had an uncannily steady head."
Many of Klingenstierna's students also became professors at Uppsala. One of them, Mårten Strömer (1707–1770), delivered the commemorative address about Klingenstierna. Much of what we know about Klingenstierna's life comes from this speech.
- Childhood and youth
- Studies at Uppsala
- A journey of learning is started
- With Johann Bernoulli in Basel
- On the infinitesimal in Paris
- Series in London
- Professor of mathematics
- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and some of its publications
- Klingenstierna's writings
- The experimental physicist
- Royal tutor
- Klingenstierna and Linnaeus
- Death and grieving
- Strömer's commemorative address
- The grave of a giant
- An attempt at an Opera Omnia