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Leonhard Euler (born in Basel, Switzerland, died in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire) was a famous Mathematician from Switzerland, who lived between April 15, 1707 and September 18, 1783. He became 76 years old.

Biography

He grew up and studied in Basel and in 1727 moved to St. Petersburg where he served in the Navy until 1730. From 1730 to 1733 was Euler professor of physics at the Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, and from 1733 he received a professorship in mathematics the same place.

Euler moved to Berlin in 1741 and worked there until 1766 when he returned to St. Petersburg. Catherine the Great called him his "mathematical Cyclops" after he in 1735 had lost the sight in one eye due to overexertion. The French Academy had utlovd a prize for solving a mathematical problem and Euler won the award after three days of intense work. The loss of one eye, he dismissed that it meant "fewer distractions", but that old man he had cataracts in the eye he saw with.

Euler was perhaps history's most prolific mathematician, and he remained productive to the very last. Despite the fact that he was blind in his old age he continued unabated with the help of a secretary to produce new mathematical results. Euler is considered one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He noted that the bridges of Königsberg problem could not solve.

Euler was the first after Fermat who managed to make some progress in proving Fermat's last theorem. He found a proof for the case n = 3 by further developing the ideas of Pierre de Fermat had a proof for n = 4.

Our collection contains 4 quotes who is written / told by Leonhard.

Related authors: Catherine the Great, Pierre de Fermat

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

Famous quotes by Leonhard Euler (4)


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"Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate"
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"Madam, I have come from a country where people are hanged if they talk"
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"For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise Creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear"
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"To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be"


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