The world-famous mathematician Niels Henrik Abel grew up in Gjerstad. At the Abel Centre you can learn more about his life.
The Abel Centre is at Brokelandsheia, in the building close to Bankplassen Kaffe og Skroll.
The Centre is named after the mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829) who grew up in Gjerstad. He is considered to be one of the greatest ever gifts to mathematical science.
The Centre has a lecture room and a permanent exhibition about Nils Henrik Abel’s work and life. Opening hours are published on the Centre’s Facebook page. Groups and individuals are welcome to arrange a tour, lecture etc.
Abelstolen chair is a sculpture created by the local artist Oskar Tore Brendalsmo. It is an XXL-scale chair that now stands at Brokelandsheia. It is impressive in size and is a favourite photographic object.
About Niels Henrik Abel
Niels Henrik Abel (born 5 August 1802) was a Norwegian mathematician. He examined and solved problems that other mathematics scientists had struggled with for hundreds of years. He made new discoveries and formulated questions that remain central elements in modern mathematics.
In 2002, in connection with the 200-year anniversary of Abel’s birth, parliament established the Abel Prize. As there is no Nobel Prize in mathematics, such a prize was proposed in 1899 by Sophius Lie. The significance of Abel’s mathematical breakthrough was at that time indisputable. However, it took a hundred years before the prize became a reality. (Source: Wikipedia)