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Can you name the famous mathematicians?
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Famous for his last theorem
Known as the 'Father of Geometry'
Solved the Konigsberg bridge problem, and introduced the exponential function
Famous theorem to do with hypotenuses
Jointly credited with inventing calculus, and hugely influential in the study of mechanics
Proved his theorem that the order of a subgroup of a group must divide the order of the group
=0 is an example of his partial differential equation
Famous collaborator, mathematicians get a number based on number of collaborations needed to link to him
Known as 'Princeps mathematicorum', invented modular arithmetic, an elimination method for matrices, and a statistics distribution, among many others
Invented a coordinate system of geometry, also a famous philosopher
Early pioneer of analysis, sequences or series can be described as ______ convergent
Very influential in the breaking of the Enigma code
Came up with a way of breaking a periodic function into the sum of sine and cosine functions
Worked on game theory, subject of the film 'A Beautiful Mind'
Has an unsolved hypothesis to do with his zeta functions
Conjectured that every even number can be written as the sum of two primes, still unproven
Solved the last theorem of number 1 above
Had a triangle of numbers and an SI unit named after him
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Sep 29th, 2009 at 21:47 GMT
I was surprised to see that Lagrange is italian, but it is actually true ! He's born in Italy but from french ascendance.
Sep 29th, 2009 at 23:26 GMT
No Gauß or Gödel or Leibniz?
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 07:36 GMT
Laplace's equation should be d2f/dx2+d2f/dy2
Oct 27th, 2009 at 17:44 GMT
Great quiz! You can copy and paste this ∂ and this ² to get the symbols you need for the PDE.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 16:56 GMT
Awesome quiz. One of the Josephs is spelled incorrectly.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 19:05 GMT
Would definitely be nice to see Gauss, at the very least - he is widely viewed as the third greatest mathematician ever.
Oct 29th, 2009 at 19:59 GMT
"Collaborator" is misspelled.
Oct 30th, 2009 at 00:22 GMT
Also possibly Bertrand Russell? or would he be viewed as a logician?
Oct 30th, 2009 at 12:38 GMT
I am suprised by the exclusion of John Napier.
Oct 30th, 2009 at 23:04 GMT
Why no Archimedes or Gauss?
Oct 31st, 2009 at 00:09 GMT
By popular demand I will add Gauss in. My original selection was just ones that sprang to mind, which was mostly ones important in my first year at uni, and we haven't done Gauss yet.
Oct 31st, 2009 at 00:17 GMT
Can anyone suggest any improvements for descriptions, if needed?
Nov 1st, 2009 at 09:32 GMT
What mathematicians are commonly held higher than Gauss?
Nov 4th, 2009 at 07:05 GMT
I would assume Newton and Euler. They show up everywhere. I would add Schrodinger.
Nov 4th, 2009 at 10:49 GMT
hilbert, liebniz, cantor, archimedes? All more important than goldbach, don't you think?
Nov 8th, 2009 at 23:50 GMT
The main one that comes to mind as important to what I do is Poincare, but maybe he's only important to topologists.
Nov 14th, 2009 at 23:18 GMT
I second the inclusion of Cantor and Hilbert
Dec 6th, 2009 at 03:55 GMT
you should add mandelbrot and the Bernoulli family
Dec 23rd, 2009 at 21:18 GMT
Paul Erdos is the man.
Jan 8th, 2010 at 02:17 GMT
The clue for Cauchy is incorrect. There is no such thing as "Cauchy convergence" (check google if you don't believe me). Sequences can be "Cauchy sequences" but this doesn't even imply that they converge. Convergent sequences are, however, always Cauchy so talking about Cauchy convergence would be superfluous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cauchy_sequence
Jan 10th, 2010 at 17:55 GMT
Wow. I got 14/19, and I'm in the third year of my mathematics degree. No wonder I'm only on a 2:2...
Apr 21st, 2010 at 06:38 GMT
While I am officially in love with you for creating this quiz, I am disappointed that there is no Liebniz. If you have one founder of calculus, you've got to have the other. Unless you are a devout Voltaire follower, in which case all is forgiven. Keep up the quizzes!
Apr 21st, 2010 at 10:53 GMT
good quiz on a neglected subject - thanks!
Oct 21st, 2010 at 20:38 GMT
@mayfan: If you can't spell Leibniz, you're not his ideal advocate. I loved this quiz and gave it five globes, but would nevertheless like to suggest some improvements: Why not allow "Rene..." without his é? And the last one proved (not "solved") the last theorem of the first.
May 21st, 2011 at 05:43 GMT
@WyvernSabres: It was just a typing error. Maybe you should stop trolling comments sections.
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