Some of the public were confused, others happy and excited for the more efficient way to solve the equations, and some were hesitant. Most people during the sixteenth century were not used to thinking in terms of exponents, and astronomers were comfortable and already knew how to use arithmetic. John got a lot of praise and acclaim for not only being the inventor of logarithm, but for Napier Bones, his writing, and many more. Napier’s life did not change drastically as some other inventors or mathematicians did. John was already privileged growing up, the creation of logarithm was an ongoing project from many, and after John men continued to perfect the formulas.
His father, Simon Jacobi, was a banker and his older brother, Moritz von Jacobi, was an engineer and later a physicist. As you can tell, part of his family was involved in mathematics before he even started. He was mostly taught by his uncle Lehman and by the age of 12 he went to the Potsdam Gymnasium where he was schooled. Although he was very young, after almost half of a year, Jacobi was promoted to the senior class because of his knowledge and learning abilities. He received high awards for his knowledge and perseverance in Latin, Greek, and history yet he excelled at mathematics.
However, he failed as a business person, and followed his brother's pathway in mathematics and sciences (McElroy 31). In 1683, Bernoulli enrolled at the University of Basel (Young 52). His older brother, Jakob, was a professor of mathematics, and he was teaching about experimental physics at the time. Bernoulli studied medicine and physics, and he achieved his doctorate in 1694, by writing a mathematical dissertation in the field of medicine (McElroy 31). Although his father didn't want him to, Bernoulli also studied mathematics alone with his brother in hopes that this would help him in his career as a physicist (Olanoff 612).
There have been many great mathematicians in the world, though many are not well known. People have been studying math for ages, the oldest mathematical object dated all the way back to around 35,000 BC. There are still mathematicians today, studying math and figuring out ways to improve the mathematical world. Some of the most well-known mathematicians include Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Aristotle. These mathematicians (and many more) have influenced the mathematical world and mathematics would not be where it is today without them.
Euler was following in his father’s footsteps, studying theology, Greek, and Hebrew, and was determined to become a pastor. However, Johann Bernoulli was convinced Euler was destined to become a great mathematician, and talked Paul Euler into letting his son pursue his own passio... ... middle of paper ... ...he was practically blind. This setback did not slow him down because he managed to publish the majority of his work during this stage of his life, which is truly astounding. He got by due to phenomenal memory, advanced mental calculation skills, and the aid of scribes. Euler was truly unstoppable in the field of mathematics.
On top of this his family was very poor. He was introduced to astronomy early and developed a love for it. He had observed a few astronomical events at an early age, which surely contributed to his love for it. He naturally understood mathematics very well starting at a young age and impressed many people with his mathematical abilities. For example, “he often impressed travelers at his grandfather's inn with his phenomenal mathematical faculty” (Johannes kepler: Early Years, n.d.).
By the time he was seven, George was deeply in love with mathematics, and used to be lost in the world of mathematics. He acquired a reputation as a child genius, and one day, he was found spelling difficult words for people’s amusement after going missing from school. George was from a poor family, and his parents could not afford to pay fees for grammar school, so the child genius ended up going to a small school called Mr. Bainbridge’s Academy. He made fast progress in studies, and was soon assisting teachers in teaching and grading. His exploits weren’t limited to just math and science either; he loved to read and learn, and was very well read in a lot of subjects.
Janos proved to be a sponge soaking up every bit of knowledge given to him. Farkas Bolyai was a student of mathematical genius Carl Friedrich Gauss, a German mathematician who had made many mathematical discoveries. He tried to persuade Gauss to take Janos and give him the education that Farkas himself had gotten, but Gauss turned him down. This didn’t slow down Janos in his education. He had an amazing learning ability and was able to comprehend complex mathematics at a young age as well as quickly learning new languages.
From a very young age he had interests in mathematics and analytical geometry. Descartes’s contributions to modern day society were affected by his young adulthood, soon he created mathematical and scientific ideas, and lastly philosophical ideas. DesCartes soon enrolled in the Dutch military for a short period of time yet he did not refrain himself from educating himself in even these busy times. He still studied mathematics and science whenever he got the chance to do so. He soon left the Dutch army and enlisted in a catholic army led by Duke Maximilian of Bavaria on behalf of the Holy Roman Emperor.
He did, however excel in mathematics, but for that matter, it was only that subject which was of primary concern to him. Everything else seemed unimportant and therefore did not appeal to his attention. He was definitely a good student, but inconsistent for the most point, and he “often had to make up for poor classwork by getting high marks on exams held at the end of the semester” (Henderson, 90). Nevertheless, he went on to college – King’s College of Cambridge University in 1931, and then later to Princeton University from 1936 to 1938. The era of his college years was also in interesting period in the realm of mathematics.