100 Great Mathematicians
On the following pages, I have compiled articles on great
mathematicians. Eventually there will be 100 of them.
The History of mathematics can be divided into four main sections:
- The Dark Ages
- The Renaissance
I will start with some of the great mathematicians from Antiquity:
Atheism is so senseless & odious to mankind that it never had many professors. Can it be by accident
that all birds beasts& men have their right side & left side alike shaped (except in their bowells) & just
two eyes & no more on either side the face & just two ears on either side the head & a nose with two
holes & no more between the eyes & one mouth under the nose & either two fore leggs or two wings or
two arms on the sholders & two leggs on the hipps one on either side & no more? Whence arises this
uniformity in all their outward shapes but from the counsel & contrivance of an Author? Whence is it
that the eyes of all sorts of living creatures are transparent to the very bottom & the only transparent
members in the body, having on the outside an hard transparent skin, & within transparent juyces with
a crystalline Lens in the middle & a pupil before the Lens all of them so truly shaped & fitted for vision,
that no Artist can mend them? Did blind chance know that there was light & what was its refraction & fit
the eys of all creaturesafter the most curious manner to make use of it? These & such like
considerations always have & ever will prevail with man kind to beleive that there is a being who made
all things & has all things in his power & who is therfore to be feared.
'A short Schem of the true Religion' by Sir Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727), the great English
mathematician, astronomer and physicist, and President of the Royal Society.