Hylleraas’ work on the helium atom in the 1920s confirmed the validity of quantum mechanics for many-particle systems and probably represents the first important use of computing in physics. Today, Hylleraas’ method is routinely used for high-accuracy simulations of molecules in chemistry.
Egil Andersen, the youngest of ten siblings, was born in 1898 in Hylleråsen, a small village near the Swedish border, 25 miles north of Trysil.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Inger Hylleraas Bø for kindly providing us with photos, books, and the desktop computer.
The exhibition was designed and prepared by Chloé Turlotte, Ellen Christina Sjøwall and Trygve Helgaker with help from Jan Ingar Johnsen.