Wednesday, June 18, 2008
What Work Is a World Famous Mathematician?
This in some cases is a matter of opinion, but if we look at history our question will be answered. BOTH MEN AND WOMEN can be world famous mathematicians. I have seen both be very successful and very influential women in the math world.
So for me this is totally not a debate anymore.
This world mathematician took over from Euler as the Director of Mathematics on November 6, 1766 but then moved on to the Paris Academy of Science where he stayed for the rest of his career.
"Before we take to sea we walk on land, Before we create we must understand.”
"When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice."
These are some of the famous quotes that Lagrange was known for as one of the world's famous mathematicians.
Irene Maria Quintanilha Coelho Da Fonseca was born in Portugal and after studying mathematics in Lisbon, she transferred to the USA. She earned her phd at university of Menosota in 1985.
Fonseca writes that "My research interests lie in the areas of continuum mechanics, calculus of variations, geometric measure theory and partial differential equations. Recent work has been focused on the search for effective or relaxed energies, and on the study of existence, regularity, oscillatory and hysteretic behavior of solutions of (non convex) variational problems associated with materials instabilities, phase transitions, plasticity, nucleation and growth of phases, fracture and defects in solids.
The applications which guide me in this program arise from the analysis of mathematical models for computer vision and imaging, as well as for novel man-made materials such as shape memory alloys, ferroelectric, magnetic and magnetostrictive materials, composites, liquid crystals, and thin films. The mathematical challenges lie in the description of the dynamics and evolution of microscopic structures and of phenomena that occur at vastly different temporal or spatial scales. They require recently developed mathematical tools and the introduction of new mathematical techniques."
She truly is a famous mathematician who viewed the world differently.
Friday, June 13, 2008
He was a leader to the known world as a famous mathematician and still is today being a master
He, as a famous mathematician, used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under the arc of a parabola with the summation of an infinite series, and gave a surpisingly accurate approximation of Pi. He also defined the spiral bearing his name, formulas for the volumes of surfaces of revolution and an ingenious system for showing very BIG numbers.
He was killed by a Roman soldier, even though there was orders out not to harm him!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
These guys many times without us realizing it have changed, effected and influenced our world as we know it.
One of the most common things about famous mathematicians is simply that they famous. I'm sure that there are many many more that we just don't hear about simply because they not famous. This changes everything, it seperates the boy's from the men... or girls from ladies.
There are a few that stand out that we will go through and have a look at, who they are what they did and how it affects us.
Feel free to look around and see the world mathematicians.