id: 06112804
dt: j
an: 2012f.00078
au: Francis, Richard L.
ti: Youthful achievement in mathematics.
so: Consortium, No. 98, 7-12 (2010).
py: 2010
pu: COMAP (Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications), Bedford, MA
la: EN
cc: A30
ut: history of mathematics; mathematicians; mathematics in the 17th century;
mathematics in the 18th century; mathematics in the 19th century;
mathematics in the 20th century; Galileo; Torricelli; Pascal; Huygens;
Gregory; Newton; Euler; Clairaut; Lagrange; Gauss; Abel; Galois;
Wantzel; Eisenstein; Riemann; Klein; Bourbaki
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ab: Summary: Momentous mathematical achievement is frequently associated with
those who are advanced in years. Some of the greatest of achievers were
blessed with a long and highly productive life. One need look no
farther than the mathematical giant Newton (1642‒1727), the prolific
Gauss (1777‒1855), or the insightful mathematician-physicist Einstein
(1879‒1955). And others too, say, the gifted applied mathematician,
Galileo (1546‒1642). Yet all of the mathematicians above, whether
theoretically or practically inclined (or both), made their marks on
mathematics at a very early age. Others did not live to a ripe old age,
however, thus raising the question as to how a long and mathematically
productive life might have unfolded. Here, for example, are Galois
(1811‒1832), Abel (1802‒1829), and Eisenstein (1823‒1852). Note
that mathematical distinction is associated with all the mathematicians
above going back to their early years. Their portraits must have a
special place in a modern era hall of fame.
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