The concept of mathematics shapes the universe and is fundamental
to understanding the world and beyond. Mathematics is one of the
oldest intellectual disciplines, originating in ancient Greece,
and has a wide school of thought among different philosophers.
Mathematics involves the study of patterns, and making conclusions
of those patterns based on proof of false or true conjectures.
Through the use of logic, mathematics applies calculations, measurements,
and counts, and also studies physical objects in relation to their
space, movement, and shape. Without the work and developments
of several famous mathematicians, science and technology wouldn't
be as advanced as it is today.
One of the oldest contributions to the study comes from Greek
mathematician Pythagoras, who dates
back to 570 BC. Pythagoras and his followers are considered one
of the earliest groups to study mathematics, and he is credited
with the development of the Pythagorean Theorem, an important
part of modern measurement, and something taught in every fundamental
Trigonometry class. Some sources even credit Pythagoras as being
the founding father of modern day mathematics.
The father of geometry, Euclid, is credited
with providing the first framework for logical proof of theorems.
Very little is known about his life, and whatever has been discovered
was found after his death. It's assumed that he lived around 300
BC, and his work has been used in mathematical education through
the 20th century. While some of his works didn't survive history,
there are five, generally on the topic of number theory, which
helped shaped modern day geometry.
Possibly one of the most famous mathematicians is Isaac
Newton, who's contributions to modern calculus has lead him
to be credited as the actual inventor of the field. However, a
debate exists in the mathematical world, as those who don't recognize
Newton as the creator often side with Wilhelm Leibniz as the father
of calculus. Leibniz created the modern standard notation, and
has made large discoveries in the field. No matter who is officially
credited as the inventor of calculus, it's important to recognize
both men for their outstanding contributions, each in his own
There cannot be a discussion of calculus without the mention
of French philosopher, Rene Descartes.
He worked to create fundamental foundations to the world of calculus,
which Newton and Leibniz could base their work off. He has also
made extensive contributions to the world of geometry, where his
development of the standard graph changed the way geometers worked.
By introducing superscripts within algebraic equations, Descartes
changed the way the expression of power was noted in modern mathematics.
Mathematics isn't all about ancient theories and complex calculations,
however. Computer Scientist Alan Turing
is considered one of the greatest minds in the 20th century, specifically
for his work in computer coding that helped crack the German Enigma
encryptions during the Second World War. After WWII he spent his
time researching artificial intelligence, and his work with computers
has undoubtedly been impactful on the advancement of the technology
Rumor Has It …
… that some of the most famous scientists in history participated
in the little known celebration of International Cow Tipping Day.
Then again this rumor could be a load of bull.
Written by Kevin Lepton