Robert A. Nowlan provides short biographical sketches of mathematicians from many diverse fields.
Norwegian mathematician. Worked on elliptic functions and integrals, algebraic solution of equations and solubility by radicals.
Gives information on background and contributions to non-euclidean geometry, spherical trigonometry, number theory and the field of statics. Was an important translator of Greek materials, including Euclid's Elements, during the Middle Ages.
The most prominent twentieth-century mathematician.
Most important work considered the basic properties of fluid flow, pressure, density and velocity, and gave their fundamental relationship now known as Bernoulli's principle.
Catalogued stars, predicted a planet beyond Uranus as well as the existence of dark stars, investigated Johann Kepler's problem of heliocentricity, and systematized the mathematical functions involved, which now bear his name.
On-going project by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott College, in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Catholic Encyclopedia) Theory of polyhedra, symmetrical functions, proof of a theorem of Fermat which had baffled mathematicians like Gauss and Euler.
Cauchy contributed to almost every branch of mathematics. He is probably best known for his important contributions to real and complex analysis.
Work on prime numbers included the determination of the number of primes not exceeding a given number, wrote an important book on the theory of congruences, proved that there was always at least one prime between n and 2n for n > 3.
Best known for his work on determinants, made contributions to the study of algebraic curves.
Helped to resolve the controversy in mathematical physics over the conservation of kinetic energy by improving Newton's definition of force.
Best known for his Arithmetica, a work on the theory of numbers, a collection of 130 problems giving numerical solutions of determinate equations.
Proved that in any arithmetic progression with first term coprime to the difference there are infinitely many primes, units in algebraic number theory, ideals, proposed the modern definition of a function.
Biography of the mathematician, geographer and astronomer born 276 BC in Cyrene, North Africa. From The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.
Discusses this early Grecian's discoveries in finding a good approximation of the circumference of the earth, the tilt angle of our planet and a tool for finding prime numbers. Page includes biographical information.
Gives information about the techniques and computations used by this ancient mathematician to find the circumference of the earth. Includes sample sketch and reconstructed map of the world.
From `A Short Account of the History of Mathematics' (4th edition, 1908) by W. W. Rouse Ball.
His names, mathematical contributions, Introducing the decimal number system into Europe, Fibonacci Series.
Describes the rabbit problem and the Fibonacci sequence and some generalized rules.
One of the all-time greats, Gauss began to show his mathematical brilliance at the early age of seven. He is usually credited with the first proof of The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra.
Provides biographical details of this German mathematician who lived from 1809 to 1877, the inventor of what is now called exterior algebra.
Online texts of historic mathematical people, including Hamilton, Riemann, Newton, Boole, and Cantor. Also, has biographical backgrounds for key figures during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Article by J J O'Connor and E F Robertson giving biographical details of the great mathematician, with a number of photographs.
Provides biographical details of this German mathematician who lived from 1831 to 1916.
Worked on trigonometric series, set theory, integration analysis, constructive logic, topology, approximation methods, probability, statistics, random processes, information theory, dynamical systems, algorithms, celestial mechanics, Hilbert's 13th problem, and ballistics. Also, studied and applications of mathematics to problems of biology, geology, linguistics and the crystallization of metals. Born and lived in Russia.
In a memoir in 1768 on transcendental magnitudes he proved that pi is incommensurable.
Best known for the invention of an early form of the slide rule.
Life and work of 19th century mathematician and philosopher of mathematics; by Ivor Grattan-Guinness and Alison Walsh.
Worked on algebra and number theory, gave a table of factors of all integers up to 100000 in 1668. Pell's equation is y^2 = ax^2 + 1, where a is a non-square integer.
"... the reality which scientific thought is seeking must be expressible in mathematical terms, mathematics being the most precise and definite kind of thinking of which we are capable."
Main research was functional analysis, doctorate was obtained under Hilbert's supervision, main interest was in integral equations and Hilbert space, best remembered for the Gram-Schmidt orthogonalisation process.
Freelance researcher specializes in the history of probability, statistics and error theory. Page includes list of publications and outside reviews.
This site is the quickest access to information about C.F.Gauss, although reduced to a single page.
Published and unpublished works. HTML, PDF and DjVu formats.
Links relating to Alexandre Groethendieck.
Aims to make publicly available materials written by and about Alexandre Grothendieck. Made contributions to algebraic geometry, homological algebra and functional analysis. Page includes list of mathematical,biographical publications and some portrait photos.
Collection of original papers of Berkeley, Hamilton, Riemann, Boole, Cantor, and Newton. Includes background and notes. Maintained by David R. Wilkins from Trinity College, Dublin
Names are listed alphabetically or by date, from 1680 BC to the present.
Zermelo in 1908 was the first to attempt an axiomatisation of set theory
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