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Swiss Mathematicians of the 18th Century
Leonhard Euler (17071783, pronounced Oiler) is recognized as being one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. But, as is true in many fields (not just mathematics), Euler had the benefit of working closely with other talented mathematicians and was … Continue reading
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Newton and Leibniz
Isaac Newton Isaac Newton was born in 1642/3 in Woolsthorpe, England. The doubled year of birth is related to the gradual adoption of the Gregorian calendar throughout Europe. The Catholic church had developed the Gregorian calendar to correct the inefficiencies … Continue reading
The Development of the Calculus
After the advent of Descartes’ analytic geometry, mathematicians had a lot of algebraic representations of geometric curves to analyze. Victor Katz, in his textbook A History of Mathematics, lays out the quantities that interested mathematicians in relation to curves in … Continue reading