Famous Mathematicians: A Book Review



Famous Mathematicians told the stories of several outstanding men and how they arrived at their theories. Euclid, Archimedes, Aryabhatta, Joseph Louis LaGrange, Carl Friederich Gauss, Evariste Galois, John von Neuman, and Norbert Wiener defined the creators of our complicated mathematical systems still used today. These impressive men were the patriarchs throughout the history of mathematics.
Euclid was believed to be born, in Tyre, presently known as Lebanon, in about 330 BC. Euclid's writings focused on astronomy, arithmetic, geometry, and music harmony. The most famous writing from Euclid is the Elements. This consisted of 13 sections or books, which dealt with different topics ...

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in 287 BC and is thought of as the greatest mathematician, engineer, and physicist of ancient times. He was often asked by King Hieron to solve problems or assist in the safekeeping of Syracuse by developing different defense mechanisms. His mathematical works are concerned with many topics including plane geometry, cylinders, solid geometry, and arithmetic, especially with the estimation and notation of large numbers. A Roman soldier killed Archimedes as he was working on a geometric design in the sand but his mathematical works have challenged mathematicians for centuries.
Aryabhatta was a Hindu mathematician born near Patna, India in about AD 476. Hindu mathematicians recorded their ideas in poems and Aryabhatta wrote a book dealing with a system of number writing and mathematics. He took the first step towards a positional number system using syllables to indicate their position. His development of this system was a giant step in the history of mathematics and links him ...

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