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James Joseph Sylvester (born in London, England, UK, died in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England), he is also known as James Joseph, was a famous Mathematician from England, who lived between September 3, 1814 and March 15, 1897.

Biography

James Joseph Sylvester was a British mathematician and professor at Oxford.

He was originally called simply James Joseph but added an extra name, with his brother who emigrated to America. According to contemporary American law, everybody had to have a first name, a middle name and a surname.

Sylvester did not have a straightforward academic career. Studied as a young man under Augustus de Morgan, but was expelled just 14 years old for stealing a knife from the school kitchen for the purpose of attacking another student. Did get a new chance at another location but had no academic degree in mathematics because he was a believer of the Anglican Church. Sylvester began to study law and taught in other science subjects. Florence Nightingale was for a time one of his students. After a sojourn in the United States where he became one of the first major mathematicians working in America, he moved back to Britain and finally got his professorship in mathematics.

Inspired by George Boole, Sylvester began together with Cayley research on specific features that were coefficients of special polynomials, and laid the foundation for invariantteorin. Sylvester also managed to determine independently a proof of the law of inertia of quadratic forms.

In 1901 the Royal Society named a prize for mathematical research after Sylvester, see Sylvester Medal.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac virgo, who is known for Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful. Our collection contains 4 quotes who is written / told by James.

Related authors: George Boole, Florence Nightingale

Source / external links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joseph_Sylvester

Famous quotes by James Joseph Sylvester (4)


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"The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the laws of the intelligible world; the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the laws of human intelligence"
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"May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life"
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"The early study of Euclid made me a hater of geometry"
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"Mathematics is the music of reason"


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