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1646 – Leibniz – bio

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1646 and became known primarily for his contributions to philosophy and mathematics but was also accomplished in many other fields. He created the modern binary number system that is used by computers and at the same time as Newton, invented calculus. He invented the mathematical sign […]

1913 – Erdos – bio

Paul Erdos was born in 1913 in Hungary and was a mathematician. He had an eccentric personality and was one of the most prolific mathematicians in history, either writing or collaborating on 1,475 papers. He did work in number theory, set theory, and probability theory, and is credited with founding the field of discrete mathematics. […]

1859 – Riemann hypothesis

The Riemann hypothesis is named after Bernhard Riemann, who worked on a technique to predict the distribution of prime numbers. Mersenne and Fermat worked on formulas that can predict *some* prime numbers but not all of them. In 1737 Euler followed up on their work, eventually showing that the summation series of the reciprocals of […]

1752 – Legendre – bio

Adrien-Marie Legendre was born in 1752 in Paris, France and was a mathematician. He studied ellipsoids, worked on elliptical functions and published papers on the integration of elliptical arcs, laying the groundwork for Jacobi and Abel. Legendre and Gauss independently developed the prime number theorem. He contributed to geometry by rewriting and simplifying Euclid’s “Elements”. […]

Timeline of Prime Numbers

Prime numbers are numbers that can only be divided by the number 1 and themselves, with no other factors involved. This rules out any multiples of other numbers such as all even numbers greater than 2 since they are all multiples of 2. Likewise, all multiples of 3, 5, 7 and so on cannot be […]

1826 – Riemann – bio

Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann was born in 1826 in Breselenz, Germany. He worked on analytic geometry, algebraic geometry, and both non-euclidean and n-dimensional geometries. Some of this work laid important foundations for Einstein’s theory of relativity. He composed the famous “Riemann Hypothesis” which deals with predicting prime numbers. He was a student under Gauss. PRECURSOR: […]

1588 – Mersenne – bio

Marin Mersenne was born in France in 1588 and studied theology, philosophy, mathematics and music. He is known for some of the first major contributions to acoustics and for his work compiling a list of large prime numbers by using the form 2^p – 1 where p is a known prime number. [raise 2 to […]

Golden Data

Voyager1 is currently the most distant human made object from the Earth, somewhere beyond 10 billion miles from the Sun. When we launched Voyager1 in 1977, a “golden record” was included with it, in the hopes that it would be able to communicate something about life on Earth to any intelligent beings that found it. […]