Famous Mathematicians

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Famous mathematicians include Euclid, who developed a variety of geometric concepts; Isaac Newton, who is one of the forefathers of calculus; and Pythagoras, who developed the Pythagorean theorem. Learn more about famous mathematicians, like Fibonacci and Hypatia, with information from a math teacher in this free video on math history.

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We've been studying math for a long time but who are some of these people that were behind the math concepts we've studied today? Hi, I'm Jimmy, I've been teaching college mathematics for 9 years and we're here to talk about a few of the famous mathematicians throughout the course of history. Now the list of famous mathematicians is very, very long but we're here to just talk about some of the famous mathematicians who have has an impact in today's mathematics world and in the past. Now, first person I want to discuss briefly with you is Euclid. Euclid was a Greek mathematician who is responsible for a lot of the geometry ideas that we're using today. Euclid came up with a multi volume list of various postulates that describes the different geometric concepts and shapes that we still here use today. The idea of Euclidean geometry is named after Euclid. Sir Isaac Newton he is one of the forefathers of calculus because over his lifetime he developed a lot of concepts that are responsible for us calculating and analyzing the different things and how things work today using calculus. Differential and integral calculus. Pythagoras known for the Pythagorean theorem you famously know as A squared plus B squared equals C squared which is the leg squared plus leg squared is equal to the hypotenuse squared. Another famous mathematician is that of Fibonacci. Did you know though that Fibonacci was not his real name? His name was actually Leonardo Pisano but back in the day they renamed folks quite a bit it was a title thing. So he had a Fibonacci sequence that you may recognize as 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 and it continues on and you get to the next number by adding the previous two numbers. Hypatia of Alexandria, she made the whole idea of conics which were ellipses, circles, hyperbolas, parables, etcetera, she made those conics those shapes more understandable to people and that's a reason why we're able to know and work with them a lot easier today. And last but not least, Blaise Pascal, perhaps known for Pascal's triangle which is a pyramid of numbers that are very easy and help us calculate things involving algebra and pre-calculus. So I'm Jimmy and this is a glimpse of some famous mathematicians.


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