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Searching The Maze of Mathematicians

First, unscramble the names of the mathematicians using the clues provided below...then locate them in the letter maze (e.g. horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and perhaps even backwards):

F R E I P A N E R A T O S T H E N E S A
F E X D T F G Z W X D E R V I O M E D R
O L B M O E B I U S S A H D V H D N F C
H P J N L D O K R H B E K O T T I S O H
K E D T E I T L E E G N T C C K O I L I
R K M O M O A F L L H A B R E U M Q T M
I S Z A Y P M E U N L T F D A R U G Y E
B D P D Z H R R E P Z L E U B C K E R D
Q B G W P A E Q U Z O D A O L R S O Z E
A B A S C N F D S F V G O Y N M T E H S
I M L N W T D F H S H L H K N N P Z D O
T A I Y M U Z K A Z E I X R A S W W I U
A O L G X S A R N D L C L C M N G M L Q
P W E T E W O T K G V C K E U M T Q C C
Y F O P C G A U S S J A Y I E K V P U O
H X S K A D C E M Q N N Z R N O T W E N
T M J H G S I F V A G O L D B A C H J E
H P T U H K C L T H A B T G U H V T C Z
B Y L L O R R A C K N I E T S N I E Q O
P R Z I N B I E L D M F R O V R E R U D
Clues for mathematician's names:
  1. CDEILU -- Father of geometry
  2. SEDSETRAC -- Merged algebra and geometry into analytic geometry
  3. AAGHOPRSTY -- Author of right triangle theorem a2+b2=c2
  4. AGSSU -- Prince of mathematicians
  5. LACSAP -- Created magic triangle based on the coefficients of terms in a binomial expansion
  6. BFFIKROH -- Investigated dynamical systems, the four-color problem, and number theory
  7. EEHNORT -- Developed the theory of rings
  8. LERUE -- Extended the calculus and gave us the Greek symbol for pi
  9. ENNOTW -- Cofounder of the calculus
  10. BEILNZ -- Cofounder of the calculus
  11. AKNT -- Wrote Critique of Pure Reason
  12. DDDEEIKN -- Developed ideas related to irrational numbers as a "cut" in the real number line
  13. ROCANT -- Developed the theory of sets
  14. BELOO -- Logician who defined new binary operations for algebra
  15. ACEINOPR -- Demonstrated relationship between geometry and physical world
  16. AENNNUM -- Founder of game theory and designer of first electronic computers
  17. LLIEOAG -- Investigated gravity and falling objects
  18. BCCIIAFON -- Prompted adoption of Arabic numerals and wrote Liber Abaci
  19. DEEIMORV -- Investigated probability and imaginary quantities, and developed formula (cos x + i sin x)n = cos nx + i sin nx
  20. SUNATHPIOD -- Worked with linear equations haing only integral roots
  21. EIPANR -- Developed rule of circular parts for spherical trigonometry and invented logarithms
  22. MIESARCHDE -- Estimated pi by inscribing regular polygons in a circle
  23. PTYMELO -- Scientist who needed mathematics to do research
  24. TLPOA -- Scientist who needed mathematics to do research
  25. EERPKL -- Scientist who needed mathematics to do research
  26. TTSHEEESARON -- Developed sieve to find prime numbers
  27. RREUD -- Innvented mechanical means of drawing objects in perspective
  28. BEISUMO -- Constructed topological surface with only one side
  29. TAEMRF -- Differentiated simple algebraic functions to find their maxima and minima
  30. STINEEIN -- Credited with equation E = mc2
  31. SSKHNA -- Calculated pi to 707 decimal places in late 1800s
  32. LLRROAC -- Pseudonymm of Charles Dodgson, a mathematician who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  33. EOZN -- Greek whose most famous paradox deals with race between Achilles and the tortise
  34. GLDBCHAO -- Conjectured that every even number is the sum of two primes (e.g. 8 = 5 + 3)
  35. AAITYHP -- Early female astronomer and mathematician who met with a brutal death

Answer: If you really need the answers, please consult the source...but I think you solve it it on your own.

Source: Adapted from M. Snyder, "Mathematician Maze," Mathematics Teacher, May 1977, pp. 425-426