Born in Hungary, I was the son of a well-known mathematician.
By age thirteen, I had completed studies of both calculus and analytical mechanics...thanks to the tutelege of my father Farkas.
A lover of languages, I became a polyglot able to speak nine foreign languages, including Chinese and Tibetan.
My special contribution to mathematics was non-Euclidean geometry, where "Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe."
Though I never published more than a 24 page Appendix in one of my father's texts, I did leave more than 20,000 pages of mathematical manuscripts when I died.
János Bolyai (1802 – 1860)