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  1. Which ancient Greek philosopher is credited for discovering the theorem that "in a right-angled triangle the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the two other sides"?
  2. Which German mathematician is sometimes referred to as the "greatest mathematician since antiquity"?
  3. Which Swiss mathematician solved the problem of the Seven bridges of Konigsberg, in effect creating graph theory?
  4. Who created the first algorithm meant to be executed on a machine?

  5. Which 17th century French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist invented analytic geometry, linking the previously separate fields of algebra and geometry?
  6. Who developed the main ideas of differential and integral calculus independently of Isaac Newton?
  7. Who is best known for his laws of planetary motion?
  8. Who is often referred to as the French Newton?
  9. Which Scottish mathematician published his discovery of logarithms in 1614?
  10. What did the Reverend William Oughtred develop in the 17th century, which was the most commonly used calculation tool in mathematics before the electronic calculator?
  11. A sequence, in which each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, is named after the Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa - by what name is he better known?
  12. Which French mathematician lends his name to a triangular arrangement of numbers that gives the coefficients in the expansion of any binomial expression?
  13. Which mathematical symbol was invented in 1557 by Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde?
  14. Which German mathematician created set theory and introduced the mathematically meaningful concept of transfinite numbers?
  15. The common symbol for what, was invented by the English mathematician John Wallis in 1655?


  1. Pythagoras
  2. Carl Friedrich Gauss
  3. Leonhard Euler
  4. Ada Lovelace
  5. Rene Descartes
  6. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  7. Johannes Kepler
  8. Pierre-Simon Laplace
  9. John Napier
  10. The slide rule
  11. Fibonacci
  12. Blaise Pascal
  13. Equals sign
  14. Georg Cantor
  15. Infinity

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