Ch 10: Important Mathematicians in History

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Use the short lessons and mini quizzes in this Important Mathematicians in History study guide chapter to learn more about top mathematicians. These resources can boost your knowledge of these mathematicians and help you excel on an assignment or test.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about important mathematicians in history for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • Facts, biography and accomplishments of Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci)
  • Daniel Bernoulli's biography, inventions and atomic theory
  • Quotes, facts, accomplishments and biography of Ava Lovelace
  • Biographies and inventions of Charles Babbage and Jon von Neumann
  • Emmy Noether's biography and contributions to math
  • Inventions, books, quotes, biography and achievements of Srinivasa Ramanujan
  • Facts and biographies about Leonhard Euler and John Napier
  • Discoveries and facts about Christiaan Huygens
  • Maria Gaetana Agnesi's biography, quotes, accomplishments and contributions to math
  • Pierre-Simon Laplace's contributions to math, major achievements and quotes
  • Accomplishments, quotes and biography of Willard Gibbs
  • Biographies of William Thomson and David Hilbert
  • Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar's discovery, contributions, inventions and quotes
  • Contributions, inventions and biography of Thabit ibn Qurra
  • Pierre de Fermat's facts, quotes, biography and contributions to math
  • Sir Ronald Fisher's biography and contribution to statistics

25 Lessons in Chapter 10: Important Mathematicians in History
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Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci): Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

1. Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci): Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

This lesson introduces you to the life and accomplishments of Leonardo of Pisa. You might know him better as Fibonacci. This lesson also explains where the latter name might have come from.

Daniel Bernoulli Biography: Lesson for Kids

2. Daniel Bernoulli Biography: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will examine the life of Daniel Bernoulli and how despite being pressured to pursue other interests by his father, he decided to follow his heart and make mathematics and science the focal point of his life. Daniel's passion for mathematics (among other disciplines) lead him to live a life devoted to his studies. The achievements and discoveries he would make were a result of remaining true to himself.

Daniel Bernoulli: Biography, Inventions & Atomic Theory

3. Daniel Bernoulli: Biography, Inventions & Atomic Theory

In the 1700s Daniel Bernoulli discovered the principle that allows airplanes to fly and found the first evidence for the existence of atoms in gases. These are just some of his many scientific contributions! Learn about his life and work in this lesson.

Who is Ada Lovelace? - Biography, Facts & Quotes

4. Who is Ada Lovelace? - Biography, Facts & Quotes

Over a hundred years before computers began to be produced and used throughout the world, a visionary woman named Ada Lovelace saw their potential and even wrote and published the first computer program ever written. In this lesson, learn more about her amazing life!

Ada Lovelace: Accomplishments & Invention

5. Ada Lovelace: Accomplishments & Invention

In this lesson you will learn about the life and accomplishments of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Her story is one that is full of purpose and forward-thinking despite her life being tragically cut short.

Charles Babbage: Biography, Facts & Invention

6. Charles Babbage: Biography, Facts & Invention

In the early 1800's, Charles Babbage invented the world's very first computer, which he called an analytical machine. In this lesson, learn about his life, the invention of the analytical machine, and his legacy today.

Emmy Noether: Biography, Theory & Contributions to Math

7. Emmy Noether: Biography, Theory & Contributions to Math

Emmy Noether (1882-1935) was a German mathematician who helped to expand the study of abstract algebra in the early twentieth century. In this lesson, learn about her struggles to become a mathematician and the many contributions she made.

Srinivasa Ramanujan: Inventions, Books & Achievements

8. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Inventions, Books & Achievements

Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) was a mathematical genius who changed the world of mathematics in his short life. In this lesson, learn about his very interesting and unusual life and all the contributions he made to the world of mathematics.

Srinivasa Ramanujan: Biography, Facts & Quotes

9. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Srinivasa Ramanujan was an Indian mathematical genius whose life was one of the most interesting stories in mathematical history. In this lesson, learn more about his interesting and unusual life.

Leonhard Euler: Biography, Contributions & Discoveries

10. Leonhard Euler: Biography, Contributions & Discoveries

Leonhard Euler was one of the most influential and prolific mathematicians of all time. In this lesson, we discuss his life and his contributions to mathematics.

John Napier: Biography, Logarithms & Facts

11. John Napier: Biography, Logarithms & Facts

John Napier was a Scottish theologian and mathematician who is most famous for inventing one of the most powerful mathematical tools in existence, the logarithm. In this lesson, learn about his life and his most famous invention!

Christiaan Huygens: Biography, Facts & Discoveries

12. Christiaan Huygens: Biography, Facts & Discoveries

Christiaan Huygens was one of the most important scientists and inventors of the seventeenth century, and many of his discoveries remain important even today. In this lesson, learn about his life and his many contributions to science.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Biography, Facts & Quotes

13. Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was an eighteenth century mathematician who was the first woman ever to be offered a professorship in mathematics. In this lesson, learn more about her life and contributions to mathematics.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Contributions to Math & Accomplishments

14. Maria Gaetana Agnesi: Contributions to Math & Accomplishments

Maria Agnesi is famous for writing one of the first comprehensive mathematics textbooks and for having the Witch of Agnesi bear her name. This lesson will teach you more about her enigmatic life and her accomplishments!

Pierre-Simon Laplace: Biography & Quotes

15. Pierre-Simon Laplace: Biography & Quotes

Pierre-Simon Laplace was a renowned French mathematician and astronomer. He is famously known as the French Newton. In this lesson, you will be taken through his biography and famous quotes.

Willard Gibbs: Biography & Quotes

16. Willard Gibbs: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, you will learn about the personal life of famous scientist Willard Gibbs, who was the first ever U.S. student to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. Also, you will get a chance to read some of his most famous quotes.

Willard Gibbs: Discoveries & Accomplishments

17. Willard Gibbs: Discoveries & Accomplishments

Willard Gibbs was one of the most important scientists of all time. His ideas revolutionized not one, but three different fields of science and mathematics, and are critical to our modern understanding of physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

William Thomson: Biography & Atomic Theory

18. William Thomson: Biography & Atomic Theory

William Thomson was a British scientist who, among many other contributions to science, proposed one of the first models of the internal structure of the atom. In this lesson, learn more about him and his contributions to atomic theory.

David Hilbert: Biography, Facts & Inventions

19. David Hilbert: Biography, Facts & Inventions

David Hilbert was one of the foremost mathematicians of the twentieth century. He revolutionized many areas of mathematics and inspired an entire generation of mathematicians. In this lesson, learn about his life and his contributions!

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: Discovery, Inventions & Contributions

20. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: Discovery, Inventions & Contributions

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) was one of the twentieth century's greatest astronomers. He conducted research in many different fields of astronomy and wrote a number of popular books. In this lesson, learn all about him and his discoveries!

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: Biography & Quotes

21. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar: Biography & Quotes

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar was a renowned astrophysicist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physics. In this lesson, you will look at his brief biography and famous quotes.

Thabit ibn Qurra: Biography, Contributions & Inventions

22. Thabit ibn Qurra: Biography, Contributions & Inventions

Thabit ibn Qurra lived during the Islamic Golden Age, when a lot of progress was made in the Islamic world in many scientific fields. In this lesson, learn more about him and the time in which he lived and worked as a translator, mathematician, and astronomer.

Pierre de Fermat: Biography, Facts & Quotes

23. Pierre de Fermat: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Pierre de Fermat is a prominent figure in the field of mathematics. This lesson will give a brief overview of his life and various facts about the man he was and his work in mathematics.

Pierre de Fermat: Contributions to Math & Accomplishments

24. Pierre de Fermat: Contributions to Math & Accomplishments

Pierre de Fermat was an amateur mathematician that contributed countless theorems and ideas to the field of mathematics. This lesson will explore some of these contributions and accomplishments.

Sir Ronald Fisher: Biography & Contributions to Statistics

25. Sir Ronald Fisher: Biography & Contributions to Statistics

In this lesson, you will be taken through a biography of British statistician, Sir Ronald Fisher, a timeline of his accomplishments and contributions to statistics. Following this lesson will be a brief quiz.

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