Riad Sattouf (1) vs Leonhard Euler; Springsteen advances

I really wanted to go with Geng, partly because I’m a big fan of hers and partly because of Dzhaughn’s Geng-tribute recommendation:

In the way that many search their memories for significant aromas when they read Proust, re-reading Geng led me to recollect my youth in Speech Club, of weekends of interpretive readings and arguments about Mr. Reagan.

But then I continued to read Dzhaughn’s comment and came to this link. And now all I want, more than anything in the world, is to see Bruce do Robin doing Elmer doing Bruce.

And today we begin the second half of the bracket, with a match between the top seed in the “People whose name ends with f” category and an unseeded mathematician. The Mathematicians category is deep, though, and even today’s unseeded entry is one of the all-time greats.

Personally, I’m rooting for Sattouf. The guy is just brilliant, both his drawing and his storytelling. Indeed, the whole category of “People whose names end in f” exists entirely because I wanted an excuse to put Sattouf into this competition. But if you can put in a good argument for the King of Imaginary Numbers, he could squeak through. Your best bet might be something connected to those seven bridges. Power series are cool too, but maybe too sophisticated for the seminar audience.

Again, the full bracket is here, and here are the rules:

We’re trying to pick the ultimate seminar speaker. I’m not asking for the most popular speaker, or the most relevant, or the best speaker, or the deepest, or even the coolest, but rather some combination of the above.

I’ll decide each day’s winner not based on a popular vote but based on the strength and amusingness of the arguments given by advocates on both sides. So give it your best!

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