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(Huffington Post)   Who was the greatest mathematician of all -- Newton? Gauss? Archimedes?   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 104
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2014-07-08 01:05:26 AM  
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-07-08 01:11:54 AM  
I was told there'd be no mathematicians
 
2014-07-08 01:15:05 AM  
www.fearlessformulafeeder.com

In 1991. The Barbie Liberation Front. Distribute VHS tapes and instructions to remove the voice chips of Barbie.
Barbie would say things "Math is Hard" etc.
They swaped the chips with a Talking GI Joe  doll.
So barbie would say "EAT LEAD COBRA" and GI Joe would say "LETS GO SHOPPING"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVT4T7OR3iQ
 
2014-07-08 01:43:58 AM  
www.earthexplodes.com
 
2014-07-08 01:45:50 AM  
Newton. Anyone that has to invent another field of math (calculus) to describe his insights wins.
 
2014-07-08 01:46:25 AM  
Others that need to be on the shortlist:

Euler
Grothendieck
Fermat
Hilbert
 
2014-07-08 02:55:05 AM  
It's too bad Ramanujan didn't have access to western universities before he could transfer his knowledge.
 
2014-07-08 07:08:42 AM  
I always got my test answers from a guy named Steve. He seemed like a pretty good math person.
 
2014-07-08 07:31:27 AM  

dramboxf: Newton. Anyone that has to invent another field of math (calculus) to describe his insights wins.


Newton was understood in his own time. Riemann solved problems physicists didn't even know they had until 50 years after his death. Dude came from the future.
 
2014-07-08 07:41:34 AM  
You can eliminate Gauss.
 
2014-07-08 08:09:01 AM  

grokca: You can eliminate Gauss.


Why?  Have we moved on to discussing who was the second best mathematician?
 
2014-07-08 08:20:57 AM  
No love for Euclid? I guess he was just too plane for this crowd.
 
2014-07-08 08:29:38 AM  

SpinStopper:


Done in one.

/dude is a math genius, they just never let him flex his muscles on the show.
 
2014-07-08 08:36:19 AM  
Archimedes
Gauss
Euler
Newton

Probably in that order.
 
2014-07-08 08:37:23 AM  
surbrook.devermore.net

Morons!
 
2014-07-08 08:42:28 AM  

phlegmmo: [www.earthexplodes.com image 800x395]


Whoever made that comic totally misses the point of levers.
 
2014-07-08 08:44:21 AM  
No Leibnitz? Newton gets a lot of cred for his research into other areas (physics, optics) but Leibnitz probably did more to advance calculus.
 
2014-07-08 08:48:18 AM  
Marian Rejewski.
 
2014-07-08 08:49:19 AM  

Arkanaut: phlegmmo: [www.earthexplodes.com image 800x395]

Whoever made that comic totally misses the point of levers.


No, they were just having some fun, because there must be like, 50 ways to love your levers.
 
2014-07-08 08:49:30 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: It's too bad Ramanujan didn't have access to western universities before he could transfer his knowledge.


Basically came here to say this.
 
2014-07-08 08:55:04 AM  
No Maxwell?

/DNRTFA
 
2014-07-08 08:59:11 AM  

SpinStopper: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 140x90]


Dammit.. came here to post that. oh well
 
2014-07-08 09:03:16 AM  

dookdookdook: Others that need to be on the shortlist:

Euler
Grothendieck
Fermat
Hilbert


Fibonacci
 
2014-07-08 09:04:34 AM  

agent00pi: No Maxwell?

/DNRTFA


Physicist. Doesn't count
 
2014-07-08 09:05:54 AM  

dramboxf: Newton. Anyone that has to invent another field of math (calculus) to describe his insights wins.


1. The correct term is (mathematical) analysis. Pet peeve.

2. This field was discovered by both Leibniz and Newton separately.

And the correct answer is Gauss, aka. the Prince of Mathematicians.
 
2014-07-08 09:10:22 AM  
It's Tesla, right?
 
2014-07-08 09:10:30 AM  
Definitely have to add Euler to the list.  It's hard to believe how often his name pops up in so many different math topics.  Here's a wiki list.
 
2014-07-08 09:15:03 AM  

opiumpoopy: agent00pi: No Maxwell?

/DNRTFA

Physicist. Doesn't count


There's not a lot of difference between the two. My dad did his PhD in physiscs, and then became a mathematician.
 
2014-07-08 09:17:07 AM  
I'm partial to the following list, since (one way or another) I actually use their work:

Boole: Great-grandfather of the digital revolution.
Laplace, Bayes, Fisher, Gauss, Cox: Statistics.
 
2014-07-08 09:17:11 AM  
It sucks being born in this day and age. We celebrate people who wrote down what people often already understood instinctively while we ignoring the people who invented cool things like particle accelerators.
 
2014-07-08 09:18:03 AM  

opiumpoopy: dookdookdook: Others that need to be on the shortlist:

Euler
Grothendieck
Fermat
Hilbert

Fibonacci


What was so great about Fibonacci?  I thought up his famous sequence almost as soon a I could add.  Admittedly it didn't mean anything to me, but I did imagine it.
 
2014-07-08 09:23:00 AM  
No NdGT clip here?
 
2014-07-08 09:24:10 AM  
Grothendieck

That should be the name of a metal band, just add a couple umlauts
 
2014-07-08 09:25:50 AM  
Can we self-nominate?

(Anybody that knows me will not second this nomination but it's always good to throw one's hat into the ring.)
 
2014-07-08 09:26:36 AM  

draypresct: I'm partial to the following list, since (one way or another) I actually use their work:

Boole: Great-grandfather of the digital revolution.
Laplace, Bayes, Fisher, Gauss, Cox: Statistics.


Gödel: Logic, headaches.
 
2014-07-08 09:26:49 AM  
According to the web page title, it's Mario Livio.
 
2014-07-08 09:26:59 AM  

dookdookdook: grokca: You can eliminate Gauss.

Why?  Have we moved on to discussing who was the second best mathematician?


It's a pun on  Gaussian elimination.
 
2014-07-08 09:28:05 AM  
There's a great book out there about Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem called Fermat's Enigma.  It goes through the high profile attempts to solve Fermat's Last Theorem and those who made attempts are a Who's Who of mathematics.  It's a great history of the various mathematicians who tried to prove FLT and the techniques they used/developed even while being unsuccessful.
 
2014-07-08 09:29:08 AM  

Arkanaut: No Leibnitz? Newton gets a lot of cred for his research into other areas (physics, optics) but Leibnitz probably did more to advance calculus.


I'd say Leibnitz' work was rather...

...derivative.
 
2014-07-08 09:31:28 AM  
Srinivasa Ramanujan.
 
2014-07-08 09:31:35 AM  
Mathematicians are usually fun to read about, too.

...especially since most of the really great ones were certifiable loonies. Even the more-stable of the bunch were well into the "eccentric" part of the mental spectrum.
 
2014-07-08 09:33:30 AM  

PepperFreak: Srinivasa Ramanujan.


Gesundheit.
 
2014-07-08 09:34:44 AM  
Joyce Carol Oates. And Harry Dean Stanton.
 
2014-07-08 09:34:49 AM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von_neumann


Can't believe no one has mentioned him yet. Shame he died so young.
 
2014-07-08 09:36:40 AM  

batlock666: draypresct: I'm partial to the following list, since (one way or another) I actually use their work:

Boole: Great-grandfather of the digital revolution.
Laplace, Bayes, Fisher, Gauss, Cox: Statistics.

Gödel: Logic, headaches.


I don't actually use Gödel's work. That way lies madness.

It's a short trip: axiom of choice -> Banach Tarski theorem -> madness.
 
2014-07-08 09:37:45 AM  

Gonz: Arkanaut: No Leibnitz? Newton gets a lot of cred for his research into other areas (physics, optics) but Leibnitz probably did more to advance calculus.

I'd say Leibnitz' work was rather...

...derivative.


No, Newton's work was derivative. Leibniz's work was integral... to the foundation of calculus.
 
2014-07-08 09:39:35 AM  

TheMothership: Definitely have to add Euler to the list.  It's hard to believe how often his name pops up in so many different math topics.  Here's a wiki list.


Euler would top my list. He may not have had a single signifigant and profound insight like Newton, Gauss, and Riemann did, but the sheer breadth and profolic nature of his work is astounding.
 
2014-07-08 09:39:38 AM  

EvilEgg: opiumpoopy: dookdookdook: Others that need to be on the shortlist:

Euler
Grothendieck
Fermat
Hilbert

Fibonacci

What was so great about Fibonacci?  I thought up his famous sequence almost as soon a I could add.  Admittedly it didn't mean anything to me, but I did imagine it.


He taught Europe to copy India's math homework.
 
2014-07-08 09:40:53 AM  
Kahler was pretty cool.
 
2014-07-08 09:45:40 AM  

batlock666: opiumpoopy: agent00pi: No Maxwell?

/DNRTFA

Physicist. Doesn't count

There's not a lot of difference between the two. My dad did his PhD in physiscs, and then became a mathematician.


Physics has to make sense* in the real world. Math doesn't.

/*I'm covering my ears and saying "lalalala" if you mention quantum mechanics.
 
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