A little late on sharing the historical facts we have shared during March, but better late than never. With this strange situation, we are happy about how we managed to stay on top of the History of Mathematics facts in March and April (as well). I cannot believe this is our 8th month we are doing this!!! So excited and thankfull for your support (check our previous: February). Hope you will like these posts!
Before we go to our normal posts, we have a couple of posts from our Women in Mathematics Calendar we have been working on:
Going on with our other lovely interesting facts:
I was impressed by how late he was appointed professor of mathematics. For me this was a case of working even harder for something and that sometimes is better later than never.
This is such an awesome quote and I love how De Beaune points out the importance of geometry.
This was an interesting find, I had no idea about the least square method until I read this and I had to look for more. If you are as curious as me, I totally recommend you check it out.
This is another case of new discovery: the Reverse Polish Notation. If you have no idea what that is, you have to check it out.
Complex numbers have been a fascination for me. It took me a lot of time to properly understand it fully and I still find myself fascinated by some aspects.
If you are not a fan of John von Neumann‘s work by this point… then you should defenetly become one…soon.
This is a quote from a 1960 letter from Hubert James: “While at the Radiation Laboratory Schwinger invented important methods in electromagnetic field theory, which were extensively employed in the development of the theory of wave guides. He developed variational techniques that produced major advances in several fields of mathematical physics. Still more important were his contributions to the development of the modern form of quantum electrodynamics, through introduction of the “renormalization” technique. For this work he received the Nature of Light Award of the National Academy of Sciences, and shared with Kurt Gödel the first award of the $15 000 Albert Einstein Prize for achievement in Natural Science.”
I have heard about this a while ago and it was a little shock for me. I have known the “L’ Hospital’s Rule” since high-school and I never thought it wasn’t by L’ Hospital… I would like to write more about this soon, just an interesting topic.
This is one of those things we should know a little bit about. Analytic geometry is really important at the moment. It is widely used in physics and engineering, and also in aviation, rocketry, space science, and spaceflight. It is the foundation of most modern fields of geometry, including algebraic, differential, discrete and computational geometry.
Gauss had always fascinated me. I think that he saw mathematics so differently than anyone else and it is fascinating to read about his discoveries.
An interesting small fact about Karl Weierstrass. I had no idea he was a gymnasium teacher before.
Hope you are enjoying this new series. We are having a lot of time searching and writing about these aspects. Enjoy the day! You can find us on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. We will try to post there as often as possible.
Lots of love and don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!