The Life and Times of the World’s Most Famous Mathematicians


Ann F. Varela
Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico, USA

Michael F. Shaughnessy
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, USA

Series: Mathematics Research Developments, Distinguished Men and Women of Science, Medicine and the Arts
BISAC: BIO015000

Arithmetic, math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and statistics are all part of the modern world, yet so few of us know where these fields of study originated. In this book, the lives and discoveries of various mathematicians will be explored and examined, so as to provide some insight into various mathematical functions and operations.



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Pythagoras of Samos: One of the First Great Mathematicians

Chapter 2. Hypatia of Alexandria: The First Well-Known Female Mathematician

Chapter 3. Euclid of Alexandria: The Father of Geometry

Chapter 4. Archimedes: Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer, Engineer, and Inventor

Chapter 5. Leonardo Fibonacci: His Number Sequence and the Golden Ratio

Chapter 6. Rene Descartes: Why Do We Continue to Quote Him?

Chapter 7. Blaise Pascal: A Multi-Talented Man

Chapter 8. Sir Isaac Newton: Mathematician, Philosopher, and Optician

Chapter 9. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: A True Renaissance Man

Chapter 10. Jacques Bernoulli: The Bernoulli Legacy

Chapter 11. Thomas Bayes: Bayes’s Theorem

Chapter 12. Leonhard Euler: Euler’s Number

Chapter 13. Joseph Lagrange: Classical and Celestial Mechanics

Chapter 14. Pierre-Simon Laplace: Traversed Statistics, Math, Physics, and Astronomy

Chapter 15. Joseph Fourier: From Transforms to Egyptology

Chapter 16. Marie-Sophie Germain: The Eavesdropping Student

Chapter 17. Johann Carl Fredrich Gauss: The Gaussian Distribution

Chapter 18. Charles Babbage: The Father of the Computer

Chapter 19. Éveriste Galois: Mathematician Who Died in a Duel

Chapter 20. George Boole: Logic Gates

Chapter 21. Ada Lovelace: World’s First Computer Programmer

Chapter 22. Bernhard Riemann: Precursor to Einstein

Chapter 23. James Clerk Maxwell: Mathematician from Edinburgh to Cambridge and Back

Chapter 24. Georg Cantor: Sets and Set Theory

Chapter 25. Sofia Kovalevskaya: A Woman of Firsts

Chapter 26. Oliver Heaviside: Circuits, Coils, and Signals

Chapter 27. Theodore von Kármán: Flow Patterns and Helicopter Design

Chapter 28. Amalie Noether: A Role Model for Women

Chapter 29. John von Neumann: Explosive Lenses and the Atomic Bomb

Chapter 30. Kurt Gödel: Friend of Einstein and Lover of Mathematical Logic

Chapter 31. Stanislaw Ulam: Bombs and Biometrics

Chapter 32. Alan Turing: Code Breaker

Chapter 33. Katherine Johnson: Human Calculator

Chapter 34. Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and Such

Chapter 35. Marina Ratner: A Beautiful Mathematical Mind and Personality

Chapter 36. Maryam Mirzakhani: Moduli Space

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