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The book titled _Wonders of Numbers: Adventures in Mathematics, Mind, and Meaning_ contains a list of the 10 most influential mathematicians in history: 1. Newton 2. Gauss 3. Euclid 4. Euler 5. Hilbert 6. Poincare 7. Riemann 8. Galois 9. Descartes 10. Pascal Runners-up: Cardano, Godel, Cantor, Napier.
Newton meh i'd take him off lol
@Outkast3r09 --> who would be on your list?
I think Lagrange should be up there
If i remember right newton was considered a physicist right ? lol
he did discover/invent calculus =)) no de moivre?
He was one of the founders
My top 3 would be..in no particular order...john wallis (for the inf symbol), euler and pythagoras (i thiink he was the first to use pi)...because of them we have so many confusing symbols lol =)) not hating
gah i read about it a long time ago but there was like a argument over infinitesimals
1. Gauss 2. Euclid 3. Euler If it is not influential, I bet I would add John Nash :D
suprised no one has said weirstrauss
Mathematician Biography Index at the following link: http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/BiogIndex.html
what about al-Khwarizmi who basically invented the way we do arithmetic.
My list: 1. Leonhard Euler (1 to 3) My favorite! 4. Isaac Newton 5. Wilhelm Leibniz 6. Gauss 7. Euclid 8. Descartes 9. Riemann 10. Andrew Wiles
We do have women mathematicians...... :)
God, since he created the integers Moses, he invented division ... and maybe that kid on the corner that yells at me as a drive by; he influences me alot
list is missing ramanujan and also early arab and hindu mathematicians who invented among other things, zero, negative numbers, trig, even variables. list seems heavy on late mathematicians and light on early ones
caveman thag was pretty early
moses divided the red sea :)
Hypatia (First woman mathematician in history) taught at the University of Alexandria
i knew there was a punch line there some where
or as we used to say jesus saves moses invests
*gasp* isnt that antisemitic these days?
i think they both were semites
.... good point :)
Pilate wasnt tho
Hypatia was Pagan (in case anyone wonders)
horses with wings arent real
Precal I saw that movie, I liked it. @sat: it's not that bad ;)
considering it's almost a true story.
Pagans worship many gods. God of war, love, etc..... Greek mythology Yes Agora is the movie and yes, it did show Hypatia and some of her teachings.
@precal --> for your consideration (see info at link) http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Indexes/Women.html
1)Newton 2)leibniz 3)euclid 4)pythagorus
@Shayaan_Mustafa --> I made a grave omission on my list by not including my main guy Euclid.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton, Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675 English mathematician & physicist (1642 - 1727)" ------------------------ In a mathematics history class, the professor insisted that Archimedes, Gausss, and Newton were THE three most important mathematicians of history. I tend to select as important those mathematicians whose creations I enjoy though I know that they built upon the works of other mathematicians. To my thinking, every mathematician who ever wrote anything mathematical furthered the development of the discipline and should bear the descriptor of "important." Even Argand's one contribution still stands and bears his name though he was not a bona fide mathematician. 1. Archimedes 2. Pythagoras 3. Euclid 4. Mandelbrot