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View Poll Results: Who was best at mathematics in history?
Leonhard Euler. 13 32.50%
Sir Issac Newton. 4 10.00%
Rene Descartes. 1 2.50%
Albert Einstein. 2 5.00%
Euclid. 3 7.50%
Pythagoras. 4 10.00%
Leonardo Pisano (or Fibonacci). 0 0%
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. 1 2.50%
Other mathematician thats not listed above. 12 30.00%
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December 20th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #1
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Best Mathematician in History

Personally, I would choose Albert Einstein. He did excellent job for his E=mc^2.
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Gauss, no question. Euler and Euclid were also great; Leonardo was overrated. Einstein was a physicist not a mathematician -- he didn't really advance any area of math though his applications of math to physics was revolutionary. We all appreciate Leibniz (and Newton) for their contributions to calculus and numerical methods.
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Galois. Imagine what he could have accomplished if he had not died so young.

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I don't consider Einstein a Mathematician. He's a physicist and an overrated one in my book.

I say Leonhard Euler.
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Well, I meant the question "Who was best at mathematics in history", not "Who was the best mathematician in history". Maybe you guys have different opinions about it, but I would choose Einstein.
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What, no support for Eisenstein? He's one of my faves, though not up there with Euler and Gauss.
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Re: Best Mathematician in History

The option are surpisingly missing the best mathematicians
David Hilbert,
Ramanujan,
Bernhard Riemann,
Euclid and
Gauss.

My favorite is Riemann !! Riemann hypothesis is the Holy Grail of mathematics ....
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Re: Best Mathematician in History

This is also 2 years old.
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Re: Best Mathematician in History

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The option are surpisingly missing the best mathematicians
David Hilbert,
Ramanujan,
Bernhard Riemann,
Euclid and
Gauss.

My favorite is Riemann !! Riemann hypothesis is the Holy Grail of mathematics ....
Those are all good choices. Ramanujan, like Galois and Abel, would have been great if not for his untimely death. Riemann almost fits in the same category -- I think he was only about 40 when he died. Euclid and Gauss were unquestionably great. Hilbert certainly did a good deal for mathematics and was capable in a much wider range of areas than his contemporaries (and, truly, than all his successors), though to me he lacked the special genius of Gauss, Euclid, Riemann, Euler, and Ramanujan.
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Re: Best Mathematician in History

Isaac Newton is well known for his work with physics. But god was he a good mathematician. The binomial theorem? The geometric construction of calculus? The invention of his own notation just to revolutionize math just to invent modern physics. Ja-he-sus christ! He was pretty much by himself to, supposedly a real unhappy bugger. In the book "On the Shoulder's of Giants" by Stephen Hawkings, it says he came up with many of his works through a will to spite and best others. Damn, that's an angry dude. He hates you so much he's going to invent calculus just to show you up! But seriously, he is unbelievably good. I just wish I had the patience or motivation to read the Principia.

Actually, I would love more to read Riemann (2 semesters of German with a bad teacher is not enough for me to translate), who I consider above all to be the best. So far ahead of his time, only Gauss really recognized it. His space time geometry was manifest WAY before Einstein dreamt of chasing a beam of light. He was in many ways to far ahead of his time. His ideas are still being explored today. What writing I have read is great. His works read like the journal of an explorer, which I think is how math should feel. Like a journey to the center of the earth.
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