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  • René Descartes 1596 to 1650

    Born La Haye (now Descartes),Touraine, France

    Cogito Ergo

    Sum.

    "I think,

    therefore I am."

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  • Abu Arrayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Biruni

    973 - 1048

    Born in Kara-Kalpakskaya, Uzbekistan

    Once a sage asked why

    scholars always flock to the

    doors of the rich, whilst the

    rich are not inclined to call at

    the doors of scholars. "The

    scholars" he answered , "are

    well aware of the use of

    money, but the rich are

    ignorant of the nobility of

    science"

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  • Archimedes of Syracuse

    287 BC - 212 BC

    Born in Syracuse, Sciliy, Italy

    “Give me a

    place to stand

    and I will move

    the earth.”

    On the lever

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  • Charles Babbage

    1791 - 1871

    Born in London, England

    “Errors using

    inadequate data

    are much less

    than those using

    no data at all.”

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  • Niels Henrik David Bohr

    1885 - 1962

    Born in Copenhagen, Denmark

    “An expert is a

    man who has

    made all the

    mistakes, which

    can be made, in

    a very narrow

    field”

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  • Girolamo Cardano

    1501 - 1576

    Born in Pavia, Italy

    Quinquies exscriptus,

    maneat tot millibus

    annis.

    “I wrote it out five

    times, may it last the

    same number of

    millennia.”

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  • Lewis Carroll

    1832 - 1898

    Born in Daresbury, England

    “The different

    branches of

    Arithmetic --

    Ambition, Distraction,

    Uglification, and

    Derision.”

    Alice in Wonderland.

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  • Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind

    1831 - 1916

    Born in Braunschweig, Germany

    “Numbers are

    the free creation

    of the human

    mind”

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  • Albert Einstein

    1879 - 1955

    Born in Ulm, Württemberg, Germany

    “If my theory of relativity is

    proven successful, Germany

    will claim me as a German

    and France will declare that I

    am a citizen of the world.

    Should my theory prove

    untrue, France will say that I

    am a German and Germany

    will declare that I am a Jew.”

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  • Euclid of Alexandria

    about 325 BC - about 265 BC Born in Greece?

    A youth who had begun to

    read geometry with Euclid,

    when he had learnt the first

    proposition, inquired, "What

    do I get by learning these

    things?" So Euclid called a

    slave and said "Give him

    threepence, since he must

    make a gain out of what he

    learns."

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  • Galileo Galilei

    1564 – 1642 Born in Pisa, Italy

    “In questions of

    science, the authority

    of a thousand is not

    worth the humble

    reasoning of a single

    individual.”

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  • Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

    1777 – 1855 Born in Brunswick, Germany

    “Mathematics is

    the queen of the

    sciences and

    number theory is

    the queen of

    mathematics.”

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  • Omar Khayyam

    1048 – 1122 Born in Nishapur, Persia (now Iran)

    “The Moving Finger

    writes; and, having

    writ,

    Moves on : nor all thy

    Piety nor Wit

    Shall lure it back to

    cancel half a Line,

    Nor all thy Tears wash

    out a Word of it.”

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  • Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya

    1850 – 1891

    Born in Moscow

    “It is impossible

    to be a

    mathematician

    without being a

    poet in soul.”

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  • Leonardo da Vinci

    1452 – 1519 Born in Vinci (near Empolia), Italy

    “There are three classes of people.

    Those who see; those

    who see when they are

    shown; those who do

    not see.”

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  • Pierre-Simon Laplace

    1749 – 1827 Born in Beaumont-en-Auge, Normandy, France

    “What we know

    is not much.

    What we do not

    know is

    immense.” (Allegedly his last words.)

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  • Benoit Mandelbrot

    1924 – Born in Warsaw, Poland

    “Being a language,

    mathematics may be

    used not only to

    inform but also,

    among other things, to

    seduce.”

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  • Sir Isaac Newton

    1643 – 1727 Born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England

    “If I have been

    able to see

    further, it was

    only because I

    stood on the

    shoulders of

    giants.”

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  • Pythagoras of Samos

    about 569 BC - about 475 BC Born in Samos, Ionia

    “Every man has

    been made by

    God in order to

    acquire

    knowledge and

    contemplate.”

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  • Blaise Pascal

    1623 – 1662 Born in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France

    “We are usually

    convinced more easily

    by reasons we have

    found ourselves than

    by those which have

    occurred to others”

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  • Plato

    427 BC - 347 BC Born in Athens, Greece

    “Let no one

    ignorant of

    Mathematics

    enter here.”

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  • Alfréd Rényi

    1921 – 1970 Born in Budapest, Hungary

    “If I feel

    unhappy, I do

    mathematics to

    become happy.

    If I am happy, I

    do mathematics

    to keep happy”

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  • Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger

    1887 – 1961 Born in Erdberg, Vienna, Austria

    “I don't like it,

    and I'm sorry I

    ever had

    anything to do

    with it.” [On quantum mechanics ]

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  • Alan Mathison Turing

    1912 – 1954 Born in London, England

    “We can only see a

    short distance ahead,

    but we can see plenty

    there that needs to be

    done.”

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  • Ulugh Beg

    1393 – 1449 Born in Soltaniyeh, Timurid, Iran

    “It is the duty of

    every true

    Muslim, man

    and woman, to

    strive after

    knowledge.”

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  • Erik Christopher Zeeman

    1925 – Born in Japan

    “Technical skill

    is mastery of

    complexity

    while creativity

    is mastery of

    simplicity”

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