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I require to do a school project on Three Great Mathematicians. So can you give me a list of six such people so that I can choose from?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Euler, Newton, Fibonacci, Boole, Descartes, Ramanujan

(I feel bad for not mentioning a dozen more!)

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Newton

Euler

De Moivre

Descartes

Legendre

Laplace, Cayley or Brook Taylor!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Hi,

Newton

Descartes

Euler

Abel

Cantor

Euclid

Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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**TheDude****Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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A few others to consider:

Gauss

Riemann

Archimedes

Wrap it in bacon

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Euler

Gauss

Poisson

Dirichlet

Knuth

Leibniz

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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Its OK Thank You All

Now that I have chosen Fibonacci may I get a list of contributions to mathematics by him? (appart from fibonacci sequence, i know it, its awesome)

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Here is a little known achievement of his.

He was able to get the positive root of

to 10 correct digits and no one knows how he did it way back then.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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Thank You

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

He was also one of the first to bring Arabic numbers to Europe.

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Hmm I have got those ones from

http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~cherlin/History/Papers1999/oneill.html

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**ganesh****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Fibonacci is best known to the modern world for the spreading of the HinduArabic numeral system in Europe, primarily through the publication in 1202 of his Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation), and for a number sequence named the Fibonacci numbers after him, which he did not discover but used as an example in the Liber Abaci.

Liber Abaci also posed, and solved, a problem involving the growth of a population of rabbits based on idealized assumptions. The solution, generation by generation, was a sequence of numbers later known as Fibonacci numbers. The number sequence was known to Indian mathematicians as early as the 6th century, but it was Fibonacci's Liber Abaci that introduced it to the West.

In the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers, starting with 0 and 1. This sequence begins 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987 ...

The higher up in the sequence, the closer two consecutive "Fibonacci numbers" of the sequence divided by each other will approach the golden ratio (approximately 1 : 1.618 or 0.618 : 1).

Character is who you are when no one is looking.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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What are the 2 other mathematicians you chose?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I am not sure how much I believe that story.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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You're not sure?

I know how much I believe it.

Bob

ps. Please have a look at the http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … =17789&p=1 thread.

Your last post was #69, so you may like to start there.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I have read it before. I answered your question.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Pappym used to say, "Ye, of little faith."

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I believed many things you have said,but that I will not.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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But who can guarantee either sides of the story?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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That doesn't and shouldn't be true. E.g. if you said that Hitler was a great guy who loved Jews,should I believe you?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

Here are another 6:

Pascal

Cardano

Tartaglia

Fermat

Leibniz

The whole Bernoulli clan.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I am just saying that something you say isn't always necessarily true. You have admitted yourself that you can sometimes be wrong.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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