High School Math

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Monday, January 03, 2005



Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) was arguably the greatest mathematician of the eighteenth century and one of the most prolific of all time; his publication list has 886 papers and books. Euler's complete works fill about 90 volumes. Remarkably, much of this output dates from the the last two decades of his life, when he was totally blind. Euler's study of the bridges of Königsberg can be seen as the beginning of combinatorial topology.

Though born and educated in Basel, Switzerland, Euler spent most of his career in St. Petersburg and Berlin. He joined the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences in 1727. In 1741 he went to Berlin at the invitation of Frederick the Great. In 1766 he returned to St. Petersburg, where he remained until his death. Euler's powers of memory and concentration were legendary. He was not troubled by interruptions or distractions; in fact, he did much of his work with his young children playing at his feet. He was able to do prodigious calculations in his head, a necessity after he went blind.

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