Mathematics Man, E. T. Bell

Our header picture of E. T. Bell is from the Constance Reid biography on him, taken when he was a freshman at Stanford, then a free college.

Bell was born February 7, 1883, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and died December 21, 1960, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California. He emigrated to the United States in 1902 at the age of 19 and immediately enrolled at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California where after two years he earned his bachelor’s degree. Then there is a 4 year repast before he received he went to the University of Washington in 1908, even his biographer does not why he chose this school, and in 1 year received his masters. Another break, and another school. This time on the side of the country at Columbia University, New York City where in one more year he finished his doctorate.

Immediately after receiving his doctorate, Bell accepted a position back at his alma mater the University of Washington where he taught mathematics until 1926 when received an appointment as professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.

During the intervening academic years, Bell married and tried his hand as a mule skinner, ranch hand, surveyor, and teacher. He and his wife had one son, Taine Temple Bell, M.D. From 1931 to 1933 he served as president of the Mathematical Association of America.

Asteroid San Jose is at 17 Capricorn 17 trine Asteroid Aberdeen at 17 Aries 21. Reid mentions that Bell felt a strong connection to San Jose and Stanford. Bell is a splay temperament type with a Grand Trine in Earth offset by a preponderance in Aquarius and a Pisces ascendant. He has nothing in fire, splays often are missing one element (only planets count). Marc Jones though agreed with jean Baptiste Morin that was what missing was as important as what was found in the horoscope, and a he wrote that an absence of fire signs was an indication of a person’s underlying need to create experiences for himself — i.e. exactly what Bell did not only in his gap academic years but also in his writing life — and mask a fundamental timidity or desire to evade direct questioning.

Dr. Bell is best known as the author of Men of Mathematics (still actively in print) but he also wrote Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science (1951 and currently out of print) and a history of Fermat’s last theoremThe Last Problem (1961 out of print). This last book is interesting as it was 33 years later by Dr. Andrew Wiles with an assist from Richard Taylor that Fermat’s theorem was proved.

Bell was a published science fiction author, under the pen name of John Taine. His The Time Stream (1946 also out of print) was the most popular. . Basil Davenport, writing in The New York Times, said Taine was “one of the first real scientists to write science-fiction [and who] did much to bring it out of the interplanetary cops-and-robbers stage.

Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s 10th Problem

On Fibonacci Day, November 23rd, Science Magazine published a bio on a modern mathematician who utilized the Fibonacci series to uncover how to solve Formalist David Hilbert’s 10th problem. International Fibonacci day itself is a annual celebration that honors one of the most influential mathematicians of the Middle Ages – Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa.

Fibonacci was a medieval Italian mathematician who wrote Liber abaci (1202; “Book of the Abacus”), the first European work on Indian and Arabian mathematics. He discovered an intrinsic and self-evident algorithm that appears throughout nature called in his honor the Fibonacci Series. We have no hard dates on Signore Fibonacci and so cannot do a chart but we know it would be spectacular.

For Fibonacci Day, an agave plant whose leaves exhibit a Fibo sequence. Count them and see.

Microsoft’s Bing search engine also celebrated Fibo Day with a shot of an agave and a quiz.

What a fibonacci number

A Fibonacci sequence starts with 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 (Fibonacci himself omitted the first term) and goes on with each number in the sequence being the sum of the two preceding numbers, (i.e. 1+2 =3, 3+2 =5 and so on). It is a recursive  number sequence because to go forward you must go back (sort of like back stitch in embroidery).

The Fibonacci numbers are also exemplified by the botanical phenomenon known as phyllotaxis where the whorls on a pinecone , pineapple, or petals on a sunflower follow a sequence of Fibonacci numbers or the series of fractions

Figure 4: Golden rectangles and the logarithmic spiral.
The Fibonacci whrol

Back to Julia

Julia Robinson wanted to know the answer to Hilbert’s 10th problem and though she did work on it, she did not find the answer. Just after her 50th birthday, the twenty two year old Soviet mathematician Yuri Matiyasevich announced that he had solved the problem and gave her the nod for helping in the solution. The key was in her early papers that showed how to algorithmically compute functions (also called the recursive functions) that map the natural numbers into themselves.

One of the initial functions is just the successor function S(x)= x+1. The other, which Robinson calls E, is defined as the difference between a given number and the largest perfect square that does not exceed it. (Thus E(19) = 19 – 16 = 3 and E(25) = 25 -25 = 0.)

The three operations are as follows:

(1) from given functions F and G obtain the function H(x)=F(G(x));

(2) from given functions F and G obtain the function H(x)=F(x) + G(x); and

 (3) from a given function F whose values include all natural numbers obtain the function H where H(x) is the least number t for which F(t)=x.

from her paper which uses not only the Fibo sequence but the Turing wheel for support.
A bucket with a Uranus handle. Her Ascendant is 28 Scorpio.

Julia was born on December 8 1919 in Saint Louis, Missouri to Ralph Bowers Bowman and Helen Bowman who died when Julia was two. Her father remarried and moved the family out to California where Julia got both rheumatic and scarlet fever. In 1936, Robinson entered San Diego State University at the age but transferred to UCal Berkeley in 1939 where she met Raphael M. Robinson, her mentor and later husband. Her specialty was game theory and she was the first female mathematician to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Her Ascendant is 28 Scorpio, [HS] a book about memory techniques or the ability to bring into being a state of accord a system. Her Moon is incredibly fast at 15.07 and then while her Mercury is just 4 degrees away, it is in another sign at 03 Sagittarius 21, making it unfettered. Thankfully her Mercury is also retrograde giving Mrs. Robinson the ability to jump forward in her thought process and visualize what she was looking for, and then be able to trace that process back and write it in mathematical notation. We have not run into this configuration previously.


  • I saw this article in Science News and was struck by her. I thought this was a chart was ought to do, so I did.
  • Julia’s sister, Constance Reid, wrote a biography on both Julia and German mathematician David Hilbert.

#585 Jockeying for Tommy Loates

Mr Tommy Loates is listed in the Jones 1000 as being born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 6, 1867, time unknown. Well, in all fairness, the date is correct but the town is not: Loates was born in Derby (pronounced Darby) England. We have rectified his time to 10:32 AM giving him a 26 Scorpio Rising, (HS) “the fate of the old King”. McClung writes that this symbolized a bright in human affairs that accepts unconsciously the culture he finds himself part.

Tommy has a Grand Square or Cardinal Grand Cross (see the blue lines). He also has a third minor opposition that didn’t exert much emphasis on his life, as Pluto was not discovered in his lifetime but does help delineate his Splash Temperament Type.

For Loates, that culture was horse-racing, and he was jockey par excellence. By the time he reposed, he rode‭ ‬1,425‭ ‬winners from‭ ‬7,140‭ ‬mounts,‭ ‬spanning ‬16‭ ‬seasons– ‬the highest total (19.997 %) since Fred Archer (who rode 2,748 races from 8,004 mounts, and had a staggering 34.33% win ratio.) He is not listed in the National Horse Racing Hall of Fame, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, because he never competed here but can be found in the Jockeypedia and the British National Horse Racing Hall of Fame located in Suffolk, England.

Loates married after this jockey career, and had no children.

Tommy Loates progressed to demise on September 26, 1910 in Brighton, England. He has a preponderance in Taurus that is throughout his 10th house making a house stellium as well. This suggests that he never transitioned over from sport, to managing a personal life. This is not uncommon, but always unfortunate. Two of my personal favorites, Gary Stevens, winner of 3 Kentucky Derbys, and Julie Krone, only quit when the doctors warned them that further aggravation to their spine would lead to paraplegia. There charts are below.
Gary is a see-saw temperament type.
Julie is a Northwestern Locomotive.

#56 Alice Bailey: the New Age awaits

Alice Ann Bailey, often called AAB, was a woman ahead of her time. Born June 16, 1880 as Alice LaTrobe-Bateman in Manchester, England at what we have reckoned to be 9:50 pm. She first married fellow Christian evangelist British Walter Evans but this union ended in divorce as Bailey’s occult philosophy developed. Later, after relocating to New York, she married American Foster Bailey and had 3 children. Prescient, she coined the world “New Age” and her book on the “Law of Attraction” had Charles W Leadbeater, founder of the Catholic Liberal Church wild in agreement. James Allen’s New Thought classic, As a Man Thinketh, owes much to this latter work.

Bailey wrote over 30 books, and founded the Lucis Trust in NYC in 1921 to promote her ideology. She added the Arcane School in 1923, World Goodwill in 1932 and Triangles in 1937. The latter groups purpose was to bring people together in groups of three to meditate daily. The purpose was that by creating a triangle, their meditation would emanate outward and raise the general level of spiritual awareness. One of her prediction was that a new messiah, the Master Maitreya, whom she wrote was the teacher and ultimate godhead of Jesus Christ, would appear in the last quarter of the 20th century. No one is sure though if that meant that the Master was born or known.

Bailey full of abundance

AAB is rectified to 16 Capricorn “boys and girls in gymnasium suits.” This shows how her life was a never ending adjustment of ideals and motives so she may tap into the potentials of human experience. The symbol’s keyword is “Animation” and near asteroid Photographica, an aspect that shows up in photographed people’s chart  than those who photograph. 

Her Part of Fortune is conjunct her Moon in Libra in the 8th showing her drive towards exploring the many facets of mind-body connection. Despite being a bowl she only 1 conjunction in her chart, an aspect she shares with French feminist-author George Sand. Marc Jones wrote that this lack is a greater tilt towards personal responsibility in daily life and lessening of ties towards society. (The Essentials)

same chart with asteroids

Her Sun at 26 Gemini is directly opposite the Galactic Center at 25.11 Sagittarius highlighting her strong drive to prove not only her beliefs but herself and thereby re-creates her personality. Asteroid Urania is conjunct Saturn in the third, so it is no wonder that she wrote “Esoteric Astrology”, discussing her theory of the 7 rays that students can tap into for a fuller understanding of the universe. On the other side of Saturn in the 3rd house at 26.32 is Psyche at 10.18 who is also close to Neptune at 13.31 and from that stellium out came “Esoteric Healing” and the call for holistic medicine. As Cupido-A is near Pluto in the 4th , and conjunct via translation of light to Aesculapia at 28.55 Taurus, this search for great health could be an outgrowth of her own fear of sickness and old age.

Like General Adams asteroid Sappho (Leo 06.16), named for the Greek poetess whose poetry had a personal appeal, is near Mars (09.04 Leo) but neither it is partile nor in the 12th house. Still, the asteroid is about how we make friends because of our personal charisma, and in the 6th shows her friends with Lucis co-workers.

Mrs. Bailey died December 15, 1949 in New York City leaving her autobiography at 400 pages, unfinished.

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#44 British Actor George Arliss

George Arliss, original name Augustus George Andrews, (born April 10, 1868, London, Eng.—died Feb. 5, 1946, London from chronic bronchitis age 77). He portrayed many historic personages in motion pictures.

He began his acting career in 1887 but found success when he appeared with Mrs. Patrick Campbell in London during the 1900–01 season. In 1902 he played in The Second Mrs. Tanqueray in New York City, and in 1911 he had the title role in Disraeli that he would reprise later in film for an Oscar.

Arliss, George; Arliss, Florence
George and his wife  Florence.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. They often acted together. They were married on September 16 1899 in London.

Arliss was an established leading actor when he turned to films in 1920. His pictures include The Green Goddess (1930), Old English (1930), Alexander Hamilton (1931), The House of Rothschild (1934), and Cardinal Richelieu (1935). He won an Oscar for best actor of 1929–30 for his role in the film version of the British PM Benjamin Disraeli. He also wrote several plays and two autobiographical works: Up the Years from Bloomsbury (1927) and My Ten Years in the Studios (1940).

George’s Charts

While the Moon’s speed is about average, Arliss’s mercury is far ahead of his son for Fast Mental Chemistry. His Line of Vitality, which is not a proxy for the hyleg, is absent.

We have rectified Mr. Arliss for 17 Leo and 12:30 PM instead of the 12:06 AM and the 20 Sagittarius that Marc Jones cites. Interestingly, both give Arliss a fire ascendant. Our rectification places Pluto in his 10th house that is pertinent because it was not until 1930 that he won an Academy Award — Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in February of that year. Dr. Jones’s would put Pluto roughly in the 12th House.

The chart, a fanhandle <sup> 1 </sup>, shows how much his career was owed to his popularity no different from a politician but with the preponderance in the 8th House for those celebrities long dead.

The chart above shows his marriage to Florence Kate Montgomery Smith. While obviously they were both thespians and attracted to each other’s abilities (the dual preponderance in the 5th house) it also shows their great loyalty and love for one another (see the Part of Fortune conjunct his Sun and Neptune). The Mars in the fourth house here depicts not squabbling but a great passion.

The final chart is for Arliss’s death on February 5, 1946 at home in London using Converse Solar Arc Directions, because this is a concrete (physical) event. Venus, that viral contagion, is in the 8th House conjunct Mercury and the lungs. With penicillin discovered but not publicly available, Arliss’s bout with bronchitis was to end fatally.


  1. Marc Edmund Jones does not mention the fanhandle in his Essentials of Astrology, that temperament type was defined by astrologer Robert Jansky in his privately published pamphlet, Planetary Patterns. We agree with Jansky’s rationale and have seen its significance in many patterns and so have adopted it. This is one of the many ways we have broken with Dr. Jones.

#724 Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, bacteriologist

Hideyo Noguchi was born Nov. 24, 1876 in Inawashiro, Fukushima, Japan. Marc Jones only has the date and Japan in his notes; Britannica & his biography by Teppei Morita, the curator of the Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall in Fukuskima Japan. A brilliant bacteriologist. Dr. Noguchi, made many discoveries, but it his isolating Treponema pallidum, the highly invasive pathogen a causative agent in all forms of syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), that placed his name among the great scientists and led ultimately to its cure.

Noguchi found the syphilis pathogen by examining the brain cell cultures expired afflicted persons. The only cure for this acquired disease is penicillin but it was not only another 50 years that Dr. Alexander Fleming (b. 1881) discovered that cure, so this was a disease in search of a cure and the great doctor wanted to do something of substantial importance to validate the faith and trust of his family and mentors.

Dr. Noguchi has a stellium in the 3rd house that highlights his concern about proving himself to others. This worry consumes the natives with this placement into taking larger and larger risks for their applause.

A peasant destined for greatness

The Noguchi family were poor peasants for generations and Seisaku (清作), his youth name was destined along that path when Fate intervened at when he was one and a half years old he fell into a fireplace and suffered a burn injury on his left hand. There was no doctor in the small village, but someone who had been trained in Japanese traditional medical arts examined the boy.

“The fingers of the left hand are mostly gone,” he said, “and the left arm and the left foot and the right hand are severely burned, but I know not how badly.”

unknown attendant
Mr. Sakae Kobayashi

And so Seisaku (清作) was not destined to be a peasant. Smart and hard working, his school teacher Sakae Kobayashi (小林栄), saw that the boy received a formal education by raising money from other teachers for Noguchi’s private education and then the modern medical treatment that allowed Noguchi to recover about 70 percent mobility and functionality.

Noguchi’s CV

Dr. Noguchi graduated in 1897 from a proprietary medical school in Tokyo and apprenticed himself to the surgeon, Dr. Watanbe, who had operated on him. In 1898 he changed his name to Hideyo after reading Shoyo Tsubouchi’s “Tosei Shosei Katagi” (Portraits of Contemporary Students where one student was Nonguchi Seisaku who the author protrayed as overcame many handicaps and showed great promise. Noguchi realized this was him and asked his mentor Mr. Kobayashi for advice of how to make this prophesy true. The esteemed teacher recommended the name, Hideyo “determination” as a talisman and so it was.

In 1900, he sailed from Yokohama port for Philadelphia Pennsylvania to work with the noted Dr. Simon Flexner who found the cure for spinal meningitis. While there, he apprenticed himself to Dr. Silas Mitchell for the study of snakes and their venom, where his work got him some amount of fame and a research grant to study under Dr. Thorvald Madsen in Copenhagen for advanced work in serology — the study of watery component (serum) of blood. After completing his studies, in 1904, he followed Flexner to the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York City, that would sponsor his work for next quarter of a century.

One of Noguchi’s most brilliant inventions was devising a method of how to cultivate microorganisms for chemical and microscopic study that previously could not be grown in the test tube (like syphilis). He and Flexner were able to reproduce in monkeys a nonfatal form of poliomyelitis and pass it from monkey to monkey, thus trapping the polio virus for laboratory study.

His final work was a vaccine for yellow fever, but while in the field in Accra Ghana Africa, he contracted the disease and died. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx New York. His wife Mary survived him by 20 years and reposes by his side.

Funeral stone for the Dr and Mrs. Noguchi, in a traditional Buddhist setting

The Chart of Dr. Noguchi

. Dr. Noguchi is a bucket with a Neptune, duty, handle in the 8th house supporting his 3rd house stellium of his obligation to others until the point of death, a highly regarded Japanese trait. We are ignoring Pluto in the 9th as it was not discovered in 1930 just before the doctor died but does highlight his determination in transforming his and those around him lives.

His Arabian part of Mother is conjunct his Pluto in the 9th house. His mother was a devout Buddhist, and Dr. Noguchi remained true to her conviction evinced by his funerary stone.

The bottom south eastern portion of Noguchi’s chart depicts his secondary role to Dr. Simon Flexner, the lead scientist that actually propelled his Part of Initiative (2nd house aspect bottom chart). This could explain his decision to go to Ghana for independent research; Flexner OTOH never left NYC and the Rockefeller Institute.

Jones has several Arabian Parts listed in his Mundane Perspectives book though, incongruously, he applies it only to his own his chart. Jones allows a generous five-degree orb. In Noguchi’s cases, his Part of Conviction is aligned to his Part of Fortune at 4 Gemini that Dr. Gordon says ” this highlights someone who has a systematic & methodical approach to their personal vision. He will met great opposition from superiors and either conquers them or perishes trying. And alas he did. The Sabian Symbol of 4 Gemini is “holly and mistletoe” a gift for fellow participation by suppressing his individuality for the greater good.

We routinely review our charts accuracy and completeness. This one was vetted on September 13, 2019.

Marc Jones – Point 5, Mental Chemistry

 N o . 5  Determining one’s Mental Chemistry

The moon’s average daily motion and whether Mercury is separating or applying to the Sun is how Marc Edmund Jones determined a person’s mental chemistry.  If you check the ephemeris for October 27, 1858, the moon is moving at 14° 18′. Knowing the average daily motion of the moon is 13° 10′ we can determine in Teddy’s case that the moon is fast i.e.: it is travelling faster than average.

Whether Mercury is clockwise from the sun,  or counter-clockwise is the second step in determination and in Roosevelt’s case Mercury is ahead of the sun and not retrograde,. 

The normal pattern of Mercury is that Mercury follows the golden orb but here it is going counter-clockwise (it will at some point have to change course to follow the Sun).  With both the Moon and Mercury are faster than normal, this gives Teddy Roosevelt an abrupt mental chemistry, well represented by the young lady who “got all her exercise by jumping at conclusions.” 

Roosevelt too was always stumbling over his own toes, his mind six leaps ahead of itself. Fortunately for American history, he made use of this foible, rather than allowing it to defeat him.

Marc Edmund Jones c. 1925

When the moon’s daily motion is swift, the faculties of the perception are quick rather than certain and if Mercury rises ahead of the sun, the mind is eager rather than deliberate. Combining these two elements makes for a hair-trigger mentality — he does not wait to decide, he acts upon the situation and goes.

This though is not  statement of intelligence, but a comment about how a person reacts to information at hand.  I say this because to my way of thinking, everyone is basically intelligent because it is part of the functioning of self of Mercury — and everyone has a Mercury in their chart.

Teddy Roosevelt

With Teddy Roosevelt, we see that Mercury is in the house of the higher mind — the ninth house — and the sign of the creative-ability — Scorpio.  The Sabian symbol for Scorpio 03  is  “In pioneer days, all the neighbors gather to aid in a happy house-raising” giving us the keyword of “alliance”   In an earlier period of this country’s history, houses were not built as they are today by contractors and teams of men.  People lived far apart and in desolate areas so  a man would get everything ready, and then the neighbors would come far and near, and work together to get the house up before night.

The symbol, house and sign all stress  the constructive factors in human society, and the desire of men to share experience  These three factors create an image of the creative Scorpio emboldened by the inner genius of the 9th house. When applied to T.R., we see that he had a  tremendous ability to unite Americans towards the allied goal of building the country into a leading nation.

Point #4, the Dragon’s head, can be found here.