Date 
Title 
First Line of Text ... 
3/8/2015 
William Shanks 
I was the headmaster for a boarding school at Ho... 
3/1/2015 
John Napier 
I helped poularize the Danish idea of prosthaphae... 
2/22/2015 
valentine 
This may be a hard one...but he is connected to thi... 
2/15/2015 
Mathematician's Scramble 
First, use the clues provided below to determine ... 
2/8/2015 
SOFIA KOVALEVSKY 
Russian descent
Wallpapered her room with ca... 
2/1/2015 
Paul Erdős 
I was a child prodigy...discovered negative numbers... 
1/25/2015 
Mathematicians on Stamps #2 
Can you identify these mathematicians, honored by... 
1/18/2015 
Mathematicians on Stamps #1 
Can you identify these mathematicians, honored by... 
1/11/2015 
feller 
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, I was educated by privat... 
1/4/2015 
Omar Khayyam 
A Persian poet and known as the "tentmaker,&... 
12/14/2014 
alKhowarizmi 
I was a mathematician and an astronomer in AlMam... 
12/7/2014 
walter 
Born in Germany before WWII, my parents put me in... 
11/30/2014 
Alexandre Grothendieck 
My father was a Russian Jew and my mother was a G... 
11/23/2014 
Searching The Maze of Mathematicians 
First, unscramble the names of the mathematicians... 
11/16/2014 
These Six Curves are Named After Which Six Mathematicians... 
As a hint, their scrambled names (of... 
11/9/2014 
ELVARITSE GALOIS 
French descent
A radical expelled from a tea... 
10/26/2014 
edgeworth 
Born in Ireland, I did not attend school but was ... 
10/19/2014 
doob 
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but my family mov... 
10/12/2014 
gorenstein 
Born in Boston, I became interested in mathematic... 
10/5/2014 
thompson 
Born in Kansas, I entered Yale University to be s... 
9/28/2014 
Aschbacher 
Though born in Arkansas, I moved a lot (Illinois,... 
9/21/2014 
Up to the Task? 
While browsing an old set of workshop materials (... 
9/14/2014 
mirakhani 
In 2014, I became both the first woman and the fi... 
6/8/2014 
Identify These Mathematicians 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
6/1/2014 
Nicolo Fountana Tartaglia 
Very poor, I was known as the "stutterer&quo... 
5/25/2014 
galois 
The following are actual comments written by teac... 
5/18/2014 
Identify These Mathematicians 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
5/11/2014 

YOU!!! 
5/4/2014 
sperner 
I was born in Waltdorf (Nysa, Poland) and was a s... 
4/27/2014 
Villani 
Many rank me as being one of "the modern wor... 
4/20/2014 
Not a Mathematician But a Number....... 
In an appendix to John Napier's work on logarithm... 
4/6/2014 
Granville 
Born in Washington, D.C., I attended the segregated... 
3/30/2014 
shannon 
Born in Petoskey, Michigan, I attended public schoo... 
3/23/2014 
MacIntyre 
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, I was educated at Trin... 
3/16/2014 
Pearson 
Born in London, I gained a private education at Uni... 
3/9/2014 
John Machin (repeat) 
I was a Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College... 
3/2/2014 
kaplansky 
Born in Toronto, Ontario, I was the son of Polish i... 
2/23/2014 
Grace Young 
When a young child in England, my brother was sent ... 
2/16/2014 
sperry 
Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, I earned a BA from ... 
2/9/2014 
halmos 
Born in Budapest, Hungary, I had an uneven early li... 
2/2/2014 
emile borel 
Born in SaintAffrique, Aveyron, and the son of a P... 
1/26/2014 
armand borel 
Born in La ChauxdeFonds, Switzerland, I studied m... 
1/19/2014 
Epitome of Eponyms: I Rest My Case! 
Differing from the usual format for this section,... 
1/12/2014 
peter 
When young, I studied at the Maria Terezia Girls' S... 
1/5/2014 
coxeter 
When a boy in London, I composed music and was an a... 
12/8/2013 
carroll 
Known best by my pen name, I was an English writer,... 
12/1/2013 
FluggeLotz 
Born in Germany, I was the daughter of a father who... 
11/24/2013 
Le Cam 
The son of a farmer in France, my family was too po... 
11/17/2013 
thurston 
Born in Washington, D.C. to a homemaker and an aero... 
11/10/2013 
buraliforti 
An Italian mathematician, I am best known for being... 
11/3/2013 
Georg Cantor 
As a son of Christian parents with Jewish backgroun... 
10/27/2013 
merrill 
Born in Wisconsin to a farming family, I was educ... 
10/20/2013 
arnold 
At age five I became interested in mathematics, a... 
10/13/2013 
appel 
I was born in Brooklyn, the son of an electrical en... 
10/6/2013 
DoubleVision CrosswordWise 
With great creativity, Jim Henle, Smith College, ... 
9/29/2013 
snell 
Born in Illinois, I was the son of a pianist, my ... 
9/22/2013 
L. H. C. Tippett 
Born in London, I attended St. Austell County Gra... 
9/15/2013 
cole 
Raised in Massachusetts, I graduated from Harvard... 
9/8/2013 
rheticus 
Born in what is in presentday Austria to wealthy... 
6/2/2013 
MittagLeffler 
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, I was the son of the l... 
5/26/2013 
obi 
Born and educated in Nigeria, I moved to England ... 
5/19/2013 
Ḥiyya 
Born a Jew in Barcelona, I became a mathematician... 
5/12/2013 
Katahiro 
Born in a samurai familly in feudal Japan, I star... 
5/5/2013 
appel 
The son of an electrical engineer and an office w... 
4/28/2013 
da Vinci 
Born out of wedlock to a wealthy legal notary and... 
4/21/2013 
Mac Lane 
After earning BA from Yale University and an MA f... 
4/14/2013 
knuth 
Born in Milwaukee (WI), I attended Milwaukee Luth... 
4/7/2013 
quillen 
I was born in Orange (NJ) to a father who was a c... 
3/31/2013 
fefferman 
A child prodigy, I entered college at age 11 and ... 
3/24/2013 
Vandermonde 
The son of a Paris doctor, my first love was mus... 
3/17/2013 
bloch 
Considered to be a brilliant student at the Ecole... 
3/3/2013 
mandelbrot 
What follows is a break from the normal pattern of ... 
2/24/2013 
piaget 
Born in Neuchatel, Switzerland, I published my fi... 
2/17/2013 
Samuelson 
I was born in Gary (IN) and studied at the Univer... 
2/10/2013 
Chen Ning Yang 
The son of a mathematician, I was born in Hofei, ... 
2/3/2013 
Pontryagin 
Born to a poor family in Moscow, I ignored mathem... 
1/27/2013 
Mark Kac 
Born in Krzemieniec, Poland (now in Ukraine), I w... 
1/20/2013 
John Maynard Keynes 
Born in Cambridge, I was the son of a father who ... 
1/13/2013 
Courant 
After early schooling in math, physics, and philo... 
1/6/2013 
misc 
A slight shift in the normal quiz for this week, ... 
12/9/2012 
Mathematicians' Holiday Greeting 
Unscramble each phrase to produce a mathematician... 
12/2/2012 
Mathematical But Famous Nonmathematicians III 
All of the following people share a common elemen... 
11/25/2012 
Lazare Nicolas Marguerite Carnot 
My career began as an officer for Napoleon superv... 
11/18/2012 
Anatoly Ivanovich Maltsev 
I was born in Moscow, the son of a expert glassb... 
11/11/2012 
wiles 
Born in Cambridge to a Professor of Divinity at t... 
11/4/2012 
Mathematical But Famous Nonmathematicians II 
All of the following people share a common elemen... 
10/28/2012 
lax 
I was born to a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungar... 
10/21/2012 
atiyah 
Born in London to a Lebanese writer, I grew up in... 
10/14/2012 
reid 
Born in St. Louis, I am not a mathematician but a... 
10/7/2012 
Mathematical But Famous Nonmathematicians I 
All of the following people share a common elemen... 
9/30/2012 
chudnovsky 
An Israeli mathematician, I grew up in both Russi... 
9/23/2012 
Dieudonne 
Born in France, I was raised for a long period of... 
9/16/2012 
meier 
Born in New York City, I received a B.S. in physi... 
9/9/2012 
Biomedical Mathematicians? 
All of the following mathematicians share a commo... 
9/2/2012 
potter 
Be forewarned, this week's candidate is obscure..... 
6/3/2012 
loomis 
Born in a log cabin as the eldest of eight childr... 
5/27/2012 
Bertrand Russell 
Born into a respected, aristocratic British famil... 
5/20/2012 
Albert Wheeler 
I was a high school mathematics teacher...the one r... 
5/13/2012 
kirkman 
Attending a grammar school in England, I excelled, ... 
5/6/2012 
halsted 
Born in New Jersey, I am a direct descendent of Abr... 
4/29/2012 
Jacques Hadamard 
After attending the Lycée LouisleGrand where my... 
4/22/2012 
Giuseppe Peano 
Born and raised on a farm in Piedmont, Italy. I a... 
4/15/2012 
Ferdinand von Lindemann 
Born in Hanover, Germany, I studied mathematics a... 
4/8/2012 
Lejeune Dirichlet 
Born in Düren, Germany, I first learned mathemati... 
4/1/2012 
Karl Wilhelm von Feuerbach 
I received a free education at the University of ... 
3/25/2012 
Alexis Claude de Clairaut 
The son of a mathematics teacher in Paris, I was ... 
3/18/2012 
Rafael Bombelli 
My family was very powerful in Bologna, but Pope ... 
3/4/2012 
Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri 
At age 18, I entered the Jesuit order, was ordain... 
2/26/2012 
Maurice Fréchet 
I attended the secondary school Lycée Buffon in P... 
2/19/2012 
Siméon Denis Poisson 
The son of soldier, I entered the École Polytechn... 
2/12/2012 
Christopher Clavius 
Born in Bamberg, Germany, I joined the Jesuit ord... 
2/5/2012 
Bede 
At age 7 I was placed in the Northumbrian monaste... 
1/29/2012 
Bonaventura Francesco Cavalieri 
Born in Milan, I first studied theology in a Jesu... 
1/22/2012 
Galileo Galilei 
Born in Pisa, Italy, I intended to become a pries... 
1/15/2012 
William Oughtred 
Born in the Berkshire area (England) and educated... 
1/8/2012 
Alfred North Whitehead 
Born in Kent, England, I was overprotected, educ... 
1/1/2012 
Michael Stifel 
As an Augustinian monk in Germany, I also was an ... 
12/11/2011 
Christopher Wren 
Sickly as a child, I was tutored at home...and le... 
12/4/2011 
Brocard 
Born and educated in France, I graduated from the... 
11/27/2011 
Brahmagupta 
Born in Northwest India, I am often referred to a... 
11/20/2011 
Hypatia 
My father, the mathematician Theon Alexandricus a... 
11/13/2011 
Plato 
No one knows the place and time of my birth, but ... 
10/30/2011 
Theodorus of Cyrene 
To most, I will be remembered as a early Greek p... 
10/23/2011 
thales 
Actually an engineer, I am best known for my cont... 
10/16/2011 
Littlewood 
Born in England, I was raised in South Africa whe... 
10/9/2011 
G.H. Hardy 
Mathematically precocious earlyon, I listed numb... 
9/18/2011 
strong 
Do you recognize this man?
His picture was be... 
9/11/2011 
Ayrton 
Born in Portsea, England, I studied mathematics a... 
9/4/2011 
Selberg 
Born in Norway to a mathematics family, I was the... 
6/5/2011 
Hanna Neumann 
Born in Berlin, Germany, my university education ... 
5/29/2011 
robbins 
As a student at Harvard University, I was capture... 
5/15/2011 
mosteller 
Raised in West Virginia, I earned a ScM degree at... 
5/8/2011 
tanner 
Born in Germany, I was the eldest daughter of two... 
5/1/2011 
Identify These Mathematicians 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
4/24/2011 
Mary Frances Winston Newson 
The daughter of a country doctor in Illinois, I w... 
4/17/2011 
Louise Hay 
Born in Metz, France, to PolishJewish parents, I... 
4/10/2011 
rees 
Though born Cleveland (OH), I was raised in New Y... 
4/3/2011 
kummer 
Born in Prussia, I married Ottilie Mendelssohn, c... 
3/27/2011 
smale 
As a student at the University of Michigan, I had... 
3/20/2011 
oleinik 
Born in the Kiev district in Russia, I finished h... 
3/6/2011 
chatelet 
I was born in Paris, and my father was Principal ... 
2/27/2011 
gelfand 
I was born in the Ukraine near Odessa, but never ... 
2/20/2011 
birkhoff 
The son of a famous mathematician, I began taking... 
2/13/2011 
von Neumann 
Born in Budapest, I was a child prodigy with an a... 
1/30/2011 
fenchel 
Born in Berlin as the daughter of a newspaper rep... 
1/23/2011 
Word Maze With a Touch of Humor 
First, use the clues provided below (with a few h... 
1/16/2011 
Mary Bishop Weiss 
The daughter of a mathematics professor at the Un... 
1/9/2011 
lovelace ada 
I was born in England as the only child of the po... 
1/2/2011 
hopper 
Raised in New York City, I was denied early admis... 
12/12/2010 
robinson 
Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, I was raised ... 
12/5/2010 
mary rudin 
Born in Hillsboro, Texas, and raised from age six... 
11/28/2010 
laddFranklin 
Born in Windsor, CT, I was an early graduate in l... 
11/21/2010 
graham 
A juggler in my college days, I was part of the c... 
11/14/2010 
Nina Karlovna Bari 
Educated at a private school in Moscow, I showed ... 
11/7/2010 
bari 
As part of my growing up in Brooklyn (NY), I earn... 
10/31/2010 
banneker 
I was a free AfricanAmerican, known for my contr... 
10/24/2010 
dantzig 
Born in Portland (OR), I was the son of a Baltic ... 
10/17/2010 
mandelbrot 
As a Jewish boy of age 11 fearing the rise of Naz... 
10/10/2010 
thurston 
Born in Washington, D.C., I graduated from New Co... 
10/3/2010 
Lewy 
Born in Breslau, Germany, I earned a doctorate in... 
9/26/2010 
dedekind 
I spent most of my full life (birth to death) in ... 
9/19/2010 
Geiringer von Mises 
Born in Vienna, Austria, I received my Ph.D. from... 
9/12/2010 
Hayes 
Born in the town my grandparents helped found, I ... 
9/5/2010 
neyman 
In Poland, my early service as an alterboy led m... 
5/30/2010 
martin gardner 
I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1914....and neve... 
5/23/2010 
kolmogorov 
I was born in Tambov, Russia, and graduated from ... 
5/9/2010 
poisson 
I was homeschooled by my father, an exprivate i... 
5/2/2010 
Andrew Gleason 
Though considered by many to be "one of the ... 
4/25/2010 
diaconis 
At age 14, I dropped out of high school and left ... 
4/18/2010 
Brook Taylor 
Born into a wealthy home, I received a great &quo... 
4/11/2010 
What's Pythagorus' Phone Number? (Part III) 
A previous mathematicians puzzle offered a phon... 
4/4/2010 
More On Early HandHeld Electronic Calculatiors 
The following statements pertain to the early histo... 
3/28/2010 
First HandHeld Electronic Calculator? 
The following statements pertain to the invention o... 
3/21/2010 
kemeny 
Born in Budapest and Jewish, I moved (i.e. escape... 
2/28/2010 
hopf 
I was born in Germany to a successful Jewish brew... 
2/21/2010 
lehmer 
My father was a Berkely math professor interested... 
2/14/2010 
bers 
Being born and raised in Riga, Latvia, by two Jew... 
1/31/2010 
What's Pythagoras' Phone Number? (Part II) 
A previous mathematicians puzzle offered a phon... 
1/24/2010 
gosset 
After studying chemistry and mathematics at Winch... 
1/17/2010 
Saunderson 
Blinded by small pox at age one (and losing both ... 
1/10/2010 
Identify These Six Mathematicians... 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
1/3/2010 
struik 
Though my father was a teacher in Holland, my fam... 
12/13/2009 
21 and Still Searching 
Find the "history of mathematics" words h... 
12/6/2009 
Identify These Six Mathematicians... 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
11/29/2009 
dickson 
I was one of the first students to receive a Ph.D... 
11/22/2009 
What 's Pythagoras' Phone Number? 
The problem for last week offers a phonenumber... 
11/15/2009 
Mathematics Doing NonMathematics 
The answer to each of the following five question... 
11/1/2009 
Identify These Six Mathematicians... 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
10/25/2009 
James Joseph Sylvester 
The fact that I was Jewish caused me to have muti... 
10/18/2009 
Regiomontanus 
Most people know me by the name Johannes Muller, ... 
10/11/2009 
Nikola Ivanovich Lobachevsky 
At the University of Kazan, I studied mathematics... 
10/4/2009 
Identify These Six Mathematicians... 
As a hint, their scrambled names in ... 
9/27/2009 
Paul Cohen 
As a young boy in New York City, I was known as a... 
9/20/2009 
John Todd 
Raised in Belfast, I studied mathematics at Cambr... 
9/13/2009 
John Wallis 
In 1632, I entered Emmanuel College in Cambridge ... 
8/30/2009 
Special Mathematicians Revisted 
To begin the school year, I am reprinting a "c... 
5/31/2009 
Julius Plucker 
Due to the demand for my talents, I filled many m... 
5/24/2009 
John Playfair 
The son of a Scottish minister, I went to the Uni... 
5/17/2009 
Blaise Pascal 
My childhood was difficult because when my mother... 
5/10/2009 
Pappus 
I authored the 8volume Synagoge, which provided ... 
5/3/2009 
Gaspard Monge 
The son of poor parents, I was educated in a loca... 
4/26/2009 
Hermann Minkowski 
In short form, my ideas on the "principle of... 
4/19/2009 
Pietro Mengoli 
In addition to being a clergyman my entire life, ... 
4/12/2009 
Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis 
At the age of 20, I resigned my commission as a C... 
3/29/2009 
Marius Sophus Lie 
One of the rare Norwegian mathematicians of renow... 
3/22/2009 
Pierre Simon Laplace 
Though a son of poor farmers, neighbors noticed m... 
3/15/2009 
Samuel Klingenstierna 
Orphaned son of a major in Charles XII's army, I ... 
3/1/2009 
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi 
The son of a Berlin banker, I was "homescho... 
2/22/2009 
Christiaan Huygens 
The son of a famous father, I encountered Rene De... 
2/15/2009 
Hipparchus 
Working as an astronomer in Rhodes, I invented i... 
2/8/2009 
Sir John Frederick William Herschel 
Though I constantly lived in the shadow of my fat... 
2/1/2009 
Thomas Harriot 
After gaining a degree at Oxford, I was sent by S... 
1/25/2009 
John Hadley 
The son of a High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, I am ... 
1/18/2009 
Eric Ivar Fredholm 
After recieving a doctorate in mathematics at the... 
1/11/2009 
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier 
The son of a tailor, I was orphaned at age 8 but ... 
1/4/2009 
Ronald Aylmer Fisher 
Though educated as a mathematician and physicist ... 
12/14/2008 
Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon 
Heir to a large fortune, I was supposed to study ... 
12/7/2008 
Daniel Bernoulli 
I am the third most famous member of the talented... 
11/30/2008 
Albrecht Durer 
I am primarily known in the art world for my 70+ ... 
11/23/2008 
Diophantus 
The only known things about my life are found in th... 
11/16/2008 
Arthur Cayley 
After working 14 years as an English lawyer, I be... 
11/9/2008 
Luitzen Egbertus Brouwer 
As a successful Dutch mathematician, I also recei... 
11/2/2008 
Jacob Bernoulli 
Born in Basel, Switzerland, I began formally stud... 
10/26/2008 
Girolamo Cardano 
Hampered by illegitimate status during my life, I... 
10/19/2008 
William Brouncker 
Though a succssful doctor and hospital administra... 
10/12/2008 
Jean Charles de Borda 
I began my career as a lawyer, but gave that up t... 
10/5/2008 
Johann Bernoulli 
Born in Basel, Switzerland, I began studying medi... 
9/28/2008 
Leone Battista Alberti 
One of the most gifted men of the Renaissance, I ... 
9/21/2008 
Eugenio Beltrami 
Born in Italy, I first began studying mathematics... 
9/14/2008 
Thomas Bayes 
Born in London as the son of a Nonconformist mini... 
9/7/2008 
János Bolyai 
Born in Hungary, I was the son of a wellknown ma... 
8/31/2008 
Nicolas Bourbaki 
I was never born, but was fabricated as a prank i... 
6/15/2008 
Charles Babbage 
Though my birthdate and place are disputed, it is... 
6/8/2008 
Socrates 
Born to Greek parents, my student Plato described... 
6/1/2008 
Florence Nightingale 
I was born in Italy, the second daughter of a ver... 
5/11/2008 
Aristotle 
The son of the personal physician to King Amyntas... 
5/4/2008 
Jean le Rond d'Alembert 
Born a illegitimate child in Paris of a writer an... 
4/27/2008 
Joseph Weizenbaum 
I was born in Berlin in 1923 and died in the Unit... 
4/20/2008 
Edward Norton Lorenz 
Though having studied mathematics at Dartmouth Co... 
4/13/2008 
Samuel Karlin 
I was born in Poland in 1924 and died in the Unit... 
4/6/2008 
Lorenzo Mascheroni 
Though ordained as a priest at age 17, I ended up... 
3/30/2008 
Olga TauskkyTodd 
Though my AutrianHungarian parents wanted my two... 
3/23/2008 
Henrik Abel 
I was the son of a Norwegian pastor, one of many ... 
3/16/2008 
Hermann Grassmann 
In school, I did not excel in any academic area, ... 
3/9/2008 
John Hemmersley 
In my schooling, I turned to mathematics and scienc... 
3/2/2008 
Zeno of Elea 
Little is known about my life, except that I was ... 
2/24/2008 
Karl Weierstrass 
In college, I was forced by my dad to prepare to ... 
2/17/2008 
Francois Viete 
I am considered to be the mathematician having th... 
2/10/2008 
Pafnuty Chebyshev 
There are a myriad of different spellings for my ... 
2/3/2008 
Jakob Steiner 
A pupil of both Pestalozzi and Jacobi, I was give... 
1/27/2008 
Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann 
As a boy, I was extrememly shy and suffered from ... 
1/20/2008 
Luca Pacioli 
Though a friar monk, I also tutored the sons of a... 
1/13/2008 
Isaac Newton 
I was born on Christmas Day...was a sickly boy br... 
12/30/2007 
Gullaume F. A. de L'Hopital 
As a young French Marquis, I met Jean Bernoulli, ... 
12/16/2007 
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi 
As a young student, I excelled and completed by s... 
12/9/2007 
Heron of Alexandria 
I was an inventor and engineer, creating the firs... 
12/2/2007 
Albert T. BharuchaReid 
As a black mathematician, my work was comparable ... 
11/25/2007 
Kurt Godel 
I am regarded as one of the greatest logicians ev... 
11/18/2007 
Augustus De Morgan 
I helped George Peacock create what is now known ... 
11/11/2007 
AugustinLouis Cauchy 
As a young student at the Ecole Polytechnique, I ... 
11/4/2007 
George Boole 
Though born into a lowerclass family, I improved... 
10/28/2007 
Blind Mathematicians 
A slight deviance from the normal format. What co... 
10/21/2007 
Archimedes of Syracuse 
Though I am often described as the leading mathem... 
10/14/2007 
alBiruni 
Through my book India, I made the Arab world fami... 
10/7/2007 
Ralph P. Boas, Jr. 
I was born in Walla Walla (WA) and died in Seattl... 
9/30/2007 
Sophie Germain 
My parents strongly discouraged me from exploring... 
9/23/2007 
Jeffrey Renwick Weeks 
In the 12th grade, I read Abbott's Flatland and f... 
9/16/2007 
J. Ernest Wilkens 
Following my parents who were graduates of the Un... 
9/9/2007 
Majorie Lee Browne 
I was one of the first AfroAmerican women to rec... 
8/26/2007 
Bieberbach 
Of German descent, I studied under Felix Klein at... 
6/17/2007 
Nicomachus of Gerasa 
I was a puzzle to others  a NeoPythagorean liv... 
6/10/2007 
Colin Maclaurin 
I am recognized as the most outstanding British mat... 
6/3/2007 
Johann Heinrich Lambert 
Of SwissGerman descent, I wrote broadly on both ma... 
5/27/2007 
Leopold Kronecker 
While studying in Berlin, I interacted with Weierst... 
5/20/2007 
Hermann Hankel 
I was a student of Riemann andf a professor of math... 
5/13/2007 
James Gregory 
A Scotsman, I gained some fame by capitalizing on t... 
5/6/2007 
Eratosthenes of Cyrene 
Raised in Athens, I was recognized widely for my st... 
4/29/2007 
Abraham De Moivre 
Born a French Huguenot, I became a private math tut... 
4/15/2007 
Boethius 
In addition to being a mathematician and a philosop... 
4/1/2007 
Adrien Marie Legendre 
Some now claim that I was "the most tireless p... 
3/25/2007 
Jan Lukasiewicz 
Born in Lwow, Poland, in 1878, I studied and taught... 
3/18/2007 
Thomas Archer Hirst 
This picture of myself was sold on ebay for $10 ... 
3/11/2007 
John Machin 
I was a Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, ... 
3/4/2007 
Johannes Muller 
Most people know me by the name Regiomontanus, from... 
2/25/2007 
Zeno 
The first thing anyone knows about me (thanks to Pl... 
2/18/2007 
Maria Agnesi 
I was the first of 21 children of a mathematics pro... 
2/11/2007 
Marin Mersenne 
Though both a mathematician and a physicist, I was ... 
1/28/2007 
Eudoxus 
My development of a general theory of proportions r... 
1/21/2007 
Abu Kamil 
An Arabic author of math texts, I am often called... 
1/14/2007 
Alan Turing 
Starting as a young boy who loved math problems a... 
1/7/2007 
Apollonius of Perga 
Known as "The Great Geometer," I was bo... 
12/31/2006 
William Elwood Byerly 
This week's mystery is difficult.......making it a ... 
12/17/2006 
Olga Ladyzhenskaya 
The daughter of a high school mathematics teacher... 
12/10/2006 
Antoni Zygmund 
My early plans to become an astronomer were inter... 
12/3/2006 
David Blackwell 
As a young student, I loved games and geometry, b... 
11/26/2006 
Andre Weil 
I fell in love with mathematics at an early age..... 
11/19/2006 
Vaughan Frederick Randal Jones 
I was born and educated through the undergraduate... 
11/12/2006 
ShiingShen Chern 
In 1930, I began my graduate work at Tsing Hua Un... 
11/5/2006 
Mary Somerville 
Though now described as a selfeducated Scotswoman,... 
10/29/2006 
Liu Hui 
I was a Chinese mathematician, living in the 200s i... 
10/22/2006 
Elbert Frank Cox 
My father was teacher and principal at a segregat... 
10/15/2006 
LooKeng Hua 
Raised in poverty, I was a frail child, afflicted... 
10/8/2006 
JacquesLouis Lions 
I am known as the founder of the French school fo... 
10/1/2006 
Hippocrates 
As a mathematician, I dominated the mathematical wo... 
9/24/2006 
Charlotte Angas Scott 
I was the first British woman to earn a doctorate... 
9/17/2006 
Joel E. Schneider 
Born in Lebanon (PA), I became interested in math... 
9/3/2006 
Hans Freudenthal 
Born and traised in Germany, I took a mathematics... 
8/27/2006 
Vivienne MaloneMayes 
As a female AfricanAmerican, I graduated from a ... 
6/18/2006 
Richard Brauer 
Born in Berlin in 1901, I showed an early interest ... 
6/11/2006 
Christian Goldbach 
I was a Professor of Mathematics and Historian at... 
6/4/2006 
Henry Briggs 
In my time, I was one of the few scientists who c... 
5/28/2006 
Pythagoras 
Donald Duck may disagree, but I did exist, even t... 
5/21/2006 
Norbert Wiener 
At age 7, I started school in the 3rd grade...becam... 
5/14/2006 
Serge Lang 
I was a mathematician, prolific author of 61 book... 
5/7/2006 
George Green 
Though born to a baker in Nottingham, England, my b... 
4/30/2006 
Jean Victor Poncelet 
Fighting as an engineer in Napolean's Grand Army ag... 
4/23/2006 
Emmy Noether 
Raised in Erlangen, Germany, I trained to become a ... 
4/16/2006 
John Pell 
Born in Sussex, England, I was an orphan by age 6... 
4/9/2006 
Marie Ennemond Camille Jordan 
My work on permutation groups and the theory of e... 
4/2/2006 
George Pólya 
My brother Jenö loved mathematics and always regret... 
3/26/2006 
Simon Stevin 
A Flemish mathematician from Bruges (Netherlands)... 
3/19/2006 
Isaac Barrow 
Though a famous theologian, I was a mathematics p... 
3/5/2006 
Joseph Lagrange 
Born in Turin, SardiniaPiedmont, people still ar... 
2/19/2006 
George Berkeley 
I was a Dean in the Church of England in Ireland.... 
2/5/2006 
Girard Desargues 
Though I played with mathematics, I was an archit... 
1/29/2006 
Robert Recorde 
In additon to writing many texts on mathematics a... 
1/22/2006 
Claudius Ptolemy 
My name suggests that I descended from a Greek fa... 
1/15/2006 
Henri Poincare 
I am ambidextrous and nearsighted, two traits wh... 
1/8/2006 
John Nash 
In college, I often skipped lectures and didn’t r... 
1/1/2006 
Felix Klein 
I held a chair in mathematics at Erlangen when I wa... 
12/16/2005 
kepler 
My father, a mercenary soldier, died when I was fiv... 
11/27/2005 
Hilbert 
I went to the University of Königsberg and remain... 
11/20/2005 
Euclid 
Although my name sounds strange to modern mathem... 
11/13/2005 
Maurits Cornelius Escher 
One of my relatives works as an electrician at We... 
11/6/2005 
Albert Einstein 
My early education included violin lessons and ... 
10/18/2005 
Enrico Fermi 
Italian descent
Types of number estimation p... 
10/2/2005 
SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN 
Indian descent
Author of the Last Notebook
... 
9/18/2005 
AUGUST MÖBIUS 
German descent
Explored topology, barycentri... 
9/4/2005 
WILLIAM ROWAN HAMILTON 
An Irish Knight
At age ten, fluent in Latin,... 
8/28/2005 
LEONARD EULER 
Swiss descent
Friend of the Bernoulli clan
... 
8/21/2005 
PIERRE DE FERMAT 
French descent
100% theoremposer and 0% the... 
8/14/2005 
CARL FREDERICH GAUSS 
German descent
Last complete mathematician
... 
8/7/2005 
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ 
German descent
Prolific letter writer (to en... 
7/31/2005 
RENE’ DESCARTES 
French descent
Sickly—slept late each mornin... 
7/24/2005 
LEONARDO OF PISA 
Italian descent
Called Bigollo, meaning Trav... 
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