Famous Mathematicians: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

Math is an amazing subject to study! There have been many famous mathematicians throughout the centuries who have changed the way we look at numbers. In this lesson you'll learn about some of those famous individuals and their contribution to mathematics.

Why Become a Mathematician?

Do you know what is amazing about math? When so many things in this world are changeable, math is constant! Think about it. You learn many spelling rules in school, but you also learn that there are many words that don't follow those rules! However, once you learn a rule in math, it will never change.

Two plus two will always be four, and five times two will always be ten! That's what is amazing about math and why math is so much fun! Yes, fun! Many famous people throughout the centuries thought that math was so amazing that they spent their entire lives studying it! They became mathematicians and used their vast knowledge of math to solve problems.

Famous Mathematicians

Archimedes is considered the greatest mathematician of the ancient world. This Greek mathematician and inventor was born in Sicily around 287 BC. He discovered how to calculate the area and volume of shapes and is most famous for discovering how to calculate the volume of irregular shapes. He also studied the idea of infinity in math, or the idea that numbers go on forever and ever.

Archimedes used his study of various math principles to create many extraordinary inventions. One of his most famous inventions was the Archimedes screw. The Archimedes screw is used to move solids and liquids from one place to another. This invention was only made possible through his mathematical study of the distance between each arm of a spiral. He went on to use his love for mathematics to create elaborate military weapons. His math principles or rules are still in use today!


Two great math minds we have to mention in our study of great mathematicians are Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. These brilliant minds were born about two hundred years apart, Newton in the mid-1600s and Einstein in the late 1800s.

Isaac Newton was an English scientist and mathematician who is most known for his discovery of gravity but who also did great work in the area of geometry, or the study of shapes.

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