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Who was/is best at mathematics?

  1. Newton.

    6 vote(s)
    10.9%
  2. Leibniz.

    2 vote(s)
    3.6%
  3. Gauss.

    34 vote(s)
    61.8%
  4. Einstein.

    1 vote(s)
    1.8%
  5. Terence Tao.

    3 vote(s)
    5.5%
  6. Other.

    9 vote(s)
    16.4%
  1. Mar 17, 2008 #1
    I think Albert Einstein was best at math.
     
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  3. Mar 17, 2008 #2
    For me, it's Carl Gauss.
     
  4. Mar 17, 2008 #3

    Gokul43201

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    Other was really good at math. In fact, he was pretty awesome!
     
  5. Mar 17, 2008 #4
    Gauss had something like over 200 papers. Amazing.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2008 #5
    Gauss.
     
  7. Mar 17, 2008 #6
    I vote other because it would include all of the above, plus all others. IMO
     
  8. Mar 17, 2008 #7
    Gauss and Euler. This is based on shear volume of high quality work.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2008 #8
    From the list, I'd also have to go with Gauss.

    I think Newton would have been "the ultimate" if he didn't spend so much time on alchemy and junk.
     
  10. Mar 17, 2008 #9

    Kurdt

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    Gauss is going to win this by miles.
     
  11. Mar 17, 2008 #10

    G01

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    Gauss gets my vote. The man was an genius physicist and mathematician and made famous, unrivaled contributions to both fields. Most of us would be considered extremely brilliant to make 1/4 of the contributions he made to one of the fields.
     
  12. Mar 17, 2008 #11
    Well Gauss studied many thinks.... many branches in both math and physics, but i think that also Riemann was a genus; unforunately he died early in his forties...
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  13. Mar 17, 2008 #12
    so Carl Friedrich Gauss was the best mathematician?
     
  14. Mar 17, 2008 #13
    Of that, dare I say, limited list, perhaps.
     
  15. Mar 17, 2008 #14

    tgt

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    What about Euler or Riemann?
     
  16. Mar 17, 2008 #15
    Oh come now, old chap. Whats with this sudden change in style of typing?

    Cheerio.
     
  17. Mar 17, 2008 #16

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    Yeah, but think about how many papers Other had!
     
  18. Mar 18, 2008 #17
    Y'all are forgetting Archimedes.
     
  19. Mar 18, 2008 #18
    Euler
    Galois
    Cauchy
    Godel
     
  20. Mar 18, 2008 #19

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    Wasn't Newton's alchemy simply early chemistry. Alchemy sounded like nonsense because of the strange allegorical way in which alchemists described their work but once you get past the Mars = Iron and Saturn = lead etc it was pretty good science for it's day and it is pretty easy to see why some of the compounds they produced would have seemed like magic to them.
     
  21. Mar 18, 2008 #20
    Did Newton get anywhere with it, though? I don't recall ever hearing of him accomplishing anything with his study in Alchemy (or whatever you want to call it).
     
  22. Mar 18, 2008 #21

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    Indirectly perhaps
    http://www.alchemylab.com/isaac_newton.htm
     
  23. Mar 18, 2008 #22
    Reminds me of how I can sometimes get the right answer on a test or homework problem while completely misunderstanding the math and physics involved. :grumpy:

    Not to say he didn't, just that he went about it the wrong way but ended up in the right spot anyway.
     
  24. Mar 19, 2008 #23
    I voted Gauss.I thought he might be popular but I was surprised so many people agreed. But for me he was a bit of a giant.
     
  25. Mar 19, 2008 #24
    In order to hide the fact that I totally lack any mathematical culture, I will do just as the other who said "Other". Thus, you will not be aware of the terribly limited understanding I have of the immense field of its contributors.

    No after all I changed my mind. I vote for Ramanujan's teacher in high school.
     
  26. Mar 19, 2008 #25
    And, oh, BTW Albert was a good physicist, not a mathematician at all.
     
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