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Who was/is best at mathematics?

  1. Newton.

    6 vote(s)
  2. Leibniz.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Gauss.

    34 vote(s)
  4. Einstein.

    1 vote(s)
  5. Terence Tao.

    3 vote(s)
  6. Other.

    9 vote(s)
  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


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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.
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  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.
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    Gauss is going to win this by miles.
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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...
  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.
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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?

  17. Mar 17, 2008 #16

    Math Is Hard

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    Yeah, but think about how many papers Other had!
  18. Mar 18, 2008 #17
    Y'all are forgetting Archimedes.
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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).
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