In April 1969 Ilya (Eliyahu) Rips, then a young student of mathematics, tried to burn himself in a public square in Riga, Latvia protesting against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He was stopped and eventually sent to a psychiatric hospital for two years. Thanks to international pressure from the mathematical community in 1972 he was allowed to emigrate to Israel. Today he is a professor of mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and being considered one of the most brilliant mathematicians in the world. Nevertheless for the last two decades his research has not been limited solely to the field of mathematics. He is widely known as the developer of the so called "Bible Code"