(Cimrman's Philosophical MetaAxiom "If you think, think again")

Jara (da) Cimrman is a half-forgotten Czech genius, whose monumental work was accidentally unearthed during the sixties by the so-called "Liptakov explosion" (Liptakov was Cimrman's favorite resort). In the Autumn of 1966, first Cimrman's discoveries were introduced to the Czech public in a series of radio shows from the wine-house "U pavouka" that began with the announcement of Dr. Evzen Hedvabny (a.k.a. Karel Velebny) "that while building a fireplace in his summer house in Liptakov, he found a huge old chest containing manuscripts of a completely forgotten Czech genius."

The spiritual legacy of Jara Cimrman proved to be so fruitful that Jiri Sebanek suggested that they establish a theater that would be fully devoted to studying and staging numerous works that were being discovered by the first cimrmanologists. The idea caught on rather quickly and soon the first plays by Jara Cimrman were performed in his own theater whose growing ensemble included Zdenek Sverak, Ladislav Smoljak, Jiri Sebanek, Milon Cepelka, Karel Velebny and others. The opening night of Cimrman's first discovered play "Act" was set for October 4th, 1967. Other pieces followed soon so that during the second season (1968-69), three plays were in the repertoire with the fourth one being rehearsed. Today, Cimrman's name is mostly associated with the "Theater of Jara Cimrman" (led by Zdenek Sverak, Ladislav Smoljak) and with "Salon Cimrman" (founded by Jiri Sebanek and Karel Velebny). Their contributions to discovering and popularizing the fruits of Cimrman's gigantic intellectual span can hardly be overemphasized. Some of their discoveries are included in the

Highlights of Cimrman's life and career.

Surprisingly, only a few people know that it was Jara Cimrman who introduced the breast stroke to the American swimming community. This memorable if not revolutionary event took place during the 11th annual swimming competition of American farmers on September 9th, 1909 in the little town of Joinville, Arkansas. In the forefront of the picture, we see Miss Juliette Blake, the youngest daughter of the Alabama sugar cane tycoon, Mr. William Blake, who won the competition with Cimrman's innovative swimming style that was based on a stroke developed over the centuries by poor shepherds in the Jizera Mountains of Austria-Hungary. Jara Cimrman, who was Juliette's personal trainer not only taught her proper techniques, but also sewed an hydrodynamic (and slightly provocative) swimsuit for her that others soon copied and flaunted in front of the shocked male spectators.

Interestingly, Jara Cimrman's own leg is shown in the lower right corner of the photograph. Even though cimrmanologists cannot agree whether this is the right leg or the left one, it is definitely one of the very few photographs depicting any part of Cimrman's body at all. Unfortunately, none of these few photographs shows his face, whose exact shape, color and form are unknown today.

Also, let us mention that the woman on the right (from our point of view) behind Juliette was identified as the baroness Clare Anne-Marie von Hausengroben of Switzerland, who was spending her summer vacation in Joinville that year and who later claimed to have had a child by Cimrman. By the time of her disclosure (1923), however, Cimrman had disappeared and could not confirm or deny her claims. Finally, the three men in the background are local doctors. The organizers did not trust Cimrman's awkward style and had several physicians stand by in case emergencies would occur.

Cimrman's multi-faceted personality attracted a lot of attention among laymen too. Some of the researches of amateur-cimrmanologists are summarized in the archives of the mailing list "" that discusses various aspects of Cimrman's life and work (warning: 95% of all postings are in Czech). In the past I wrote some essays for this list too:

"The First Man on the Moon - Jara da Cimrman"
"Cimrman - a Pioneer of Theoretical Physics"
"Leonardo da Vinci - Jara da Cimrman"
"Cimrman and Computers" (with a remark by P. Neilson)
"Cimrman and WWW"
"April Fools '96"
"Cimrman in New Mexico" (contains pics)
"Cimrman's answers" (from the mailing list JDC-L)
"the C files" (a parody of Fox's famous duo of mystery-busters)
"Fruits of spamming"

CIMRMAN LINKS (in English)

Gallery of Jara da Cimrman (by Xaverius Umberfield) - RECOMMENDED
Cimrman in Scotland (by Arthur Lawrie) - RECOMMENDED
Cimrmannian Society (by Robert Holecek)
Jara Cimrman and High Performance Computing (by Jana Vasiljev)


Mathematisches Werk (translated by Karel Oliva)

People, having a decent command of the Czech language, and who are interested in doing an independent research in Cimrman's legacy are encouraged to visit the "Theatre of Jara Cimrman" (Zizkovske Divadlo, Stitneho 5, Prague 3) to get acquainted with the spirit of Cimrman's life and work. After all, despite his seeming obscurity, Jara Cimrman is one of the most popular persons in the Czech history.

(the rest of this page is relevant only to people who speak Czech)


Divadlo Jary Cimrmana Ladislava Smoljaka a Zdenka Sveraka
Cimrmaneum Milana Hubacka
Genius Jara Cimrman Honzy Graase
Asociace pro obrodu Jary Cimrmana Roberta Holecka
Vyber z konference JDC-L Jirky Veseleho
Archiv konference JDC-L CESNETu
Velky Cimrmanuv Slovnik Naucny Honzy Sokola
Odkaz Jary Cimrmana Petra Martinka
Cimrman a Internet Ceskeho Informacniho Systemu
Cimrmanovske clanky Rosti Hedvicka
Svaty Jara Cimrman miniDebiltenu
Jara Cimrman a Janko Mizon Zdenka Knejbla
Cimrman a mikrobiologie Pavla Zampacha
Jara Cimrman Selmy
Cimrman hasicem v Madarsku Petera Pfliegela
Historie Petanque Petra Hellingera
Cimrnet a dalsi Jana Fikacka
Informace o CD disku Jary Cimrmana

Na Internetu existuje take "Cimrmanovska konference", do ktere se muzete prihlasit zaslanim e-mailu bez subjectu na adresu V tele zpravy uvedte
SUB JDC-L Vase_Jmeno.
Zde je vyber z mych prispevku do teto konference, vetsinou ve forme reakci na prispevky ostatnich badatelu.

Cimrman a pocitace (zari 95)
Editor E (unor 96)
Metoda Prvniho Pismene (unor 96)
Konference o vodiku, 1906 (unor 96)
Roman VRT (brezen 96)
Polarni vyprava (brezen 96)
Cimrmanova Klasifikace Mest (brezen 96)
Mereni Imaginace Internetu (brezen 96)
Tridni nepritel (brezen 96)
Sto telat (brezen 96)
Agenturni zpravy (duben 96)
Cimrman a Einstein (duben 96)
Ondrej a Marian (duben 96)
Sifrovani (kveten 96)
Cimrman a sachy (kveten 96)
Liptakochod (kveten 96)
Pady (kveten 96)
Cimrman Trenerem roku 1911 (cerven 96)
Pantomima (cerven 96)
Proc mame Internet? (cerven 96)
Prostorovy chip (cerven 96)
Is there anybody? (srpen 96)
Latina (zari 96)
Michadlo karet (zari 96)
Kartova mechanika (zari 96)
Cimrman a Mendelejev (zari 96)
Periodicka Tabulka Prvku (zari 96)
Neckejp (zari 96)
Miss Embryo (zari 96)
Cimrman symfonik (rijen 96)
Kost vikingska (listopad 96)
RH - faktor (listopad 96)
Pernikovy mrakodrap (listopad 96)
Cimrman na vojne v Pisku? (cervenec 97)
Prechod na ctyrtakt... (cervenec 97)
Skoro plynna pravidla (cervenec 97)
Duchovni marias (srpen 97)
Cimrman ridicem (Trpaslici) (zari 97)
FAX (zari 97)
ASCII vs. diakritika (rijen 97)
Jara Cimrman a muzejnictvi (rijen 97)
Kocour Bad'our (listopad 97)
Kata Kabanova (listopad 97)
JDC-L za zrcadlem (listopad 97)
Mentalni gynekologie (listopad 97)
Gastronomie (prosinec 97)
Doktor Cimrman (unor 98)
Zabava na noc (brezen 98)
Potomek (brezen 98)
Zememericstvi (brezen 98)
Caruv tesar (duben 98)
Zeleny Karkulin (duben 98)
Gastronomie II. (duben 98)
Detektivky (kveten 98)
Cimrman a tanec (cerven 98)
O snecich a volech (cervenec 98)
C+++ (cervenec 98)
Emil obecny (zari 98)
Notoricky lyzar (rijen 98)
Zebricek (listopad 98)
Absolutni rym (listopad 98)
Ejchuch kropenaty (prosinec 98)
Evropsky ustav (leden 99)
Varhany a kanalky (duben 99)
Devatero extremniho motoristy (duben 99)
Naslineny ukazovacek (kveten 99)
Prezdivky (kveten 99)
Sebeobrana (kveten 99)
Potopeni parniku Garibaldi (kveten 99)
Nevlastni sestra Laura (zari 99)
Promena telatka v gentlemana (rijen 99)
Trocha biologie nikoho nezabije (listopad 99)
Slunecko sestitecne (prosinec 99)
Schrodingerova kocka (zari 00)

Diky spolecnosti Zanzibar, zalozene spolecne s kolegou Hermanem, se nam take podarilo obnovit vydavani CNN.

Cimrmanovy nezavisle noviny 1-5
(4,5 napsal M. Herman)
Cimrmanovy nezavisle noviny 6-15
(8 napsal M. Herman )
Cimrmanovy nezavisle noviny 16-24
(21 napsal M. Herman )

A krome vyse uvedenych jsem jeste napsal nekolik drobnejsich prispevku, vetsinou lokalniho charakteru, ktere jsou archivovany zde:

Minicimrcancy 1.
(WWW, Retezova reakce, Zemetreseni, Hamburger, Stroj casu, Mala pismenka, Zdravovedni konference, Morseovka, Dekoder, Pirozky, Vyskyt Cimrmanu, loterie, ATM, Liptakov, Yard, Blbci, Latina, Polovodice, Editor E-plus, Florin, Notice, Cimrmanova ulice,...)
Minicimrcancy 2.
(kralik krasy, CR-Spanelsko, Jizni Amerika, Cimrmanuv pes, Svitavy, New Hradec, Vrabec v hrsti, fotbal, feministky, preklad, TASS vs. AFP, odmeny, kulace, N. Tesla, On)
Minicimrcancy 3.
(tenis, Rychle sipy, Al Fiedler, da Vinci, sachy, lidske vedeni, podoba, pohon C pocitace, hledani hospody, svestka, experiment, bezvetri, horor, 69 UHF, poprsi, lodni sroub)
Minicimrcancy 4.
(link, Pyskackova, sex-idol, TELE KOM, Vohavnosti, robot RH, pravidla pravopisu, Hus, masochista, romantik, Janinka, Shakespeare, vanoce, mimozemstan, mycka nadobi, mereni hloubky )

Vysledkem kolektivniho usili konference JDC-L o pochopeni pricin, zpusobu a dusledku nepochopitelneho Cimrmanova zmizeni v roce 1914 je Katalog zmizeni .
Napadnou-li vas nejake jine varianty, sem s nimi (limit 16 radku).

"Budoucnost patri aluminiu" (Jara Cimrman)

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