20220122, 14:07  #12  
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I'd say Archimedes is definitely in the running. There is a property of real numbers named for him (the "Archimedean property"): If x is a positive real number, there is a positive integer n such that n*x > 1. He made any number of geometric discoveries. He came very close to inventing calculus. He found formulas for the volume and surface area of a sphere. In physics, he discovered the concept of the center of gravity, the principle of buoyancy ("Eureka!"), and the use of pulleys and of the lever and fulcrum to move massive objects with small forces. ("Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.") Though he lived long before Arabic numerals were invented, he was able to devise a way to describe very large numbers ("The Sandreckoner"). He was able to prove that the number is greater than 223/71 and less than 22/7. 

20220122, 14:36  #13  
"Ed Hall"
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20220122, 14:59  #14 
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"When, then, did he come?" is how it was printed. Since The Sign of the Four was first published in 1890, I think we can rule out spell checker trouble.

20220122, 16:03  #15  
Jun 2015
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Ok . Very good replies. Thank you.
I will answer them going from the trivial to the sublime. Pythagoras goes after Poincaré. Yes, Sir! Why not Capitalize Isaac? Paraphrasing Freud, "sometimes a typo is just a typo". Is Hypatia just there just for female representation? I don't really know. But she has a cool name and that should count for something. Ramanujan and Galois died too young and they could have produced much more. Yes, absolutely. I call them The rookies of the Century.(XX and XIX) Quote:
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Tied for First Place. Leonhard Euler and Carl Friedrich Gauss. (alphabetized) Nonnumber theory first Place Georg Cantor (mistakenly called Greg in the OP) I might elaborate more on the "why?' later on. Last fiddled with by rudy235 on 20220122 at 16:14 

20220122, 16:33  #16 
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We have had some visitors to the forum over the years that believe or state that they should be on such a list.

20220122, 17:46  #17  
"Ed Hall"
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This is of interest to me. Have you the original? I might have a printed version of some type somewhere, but not at all handy. And, all the online versions I've just checked (Gutenberg, etc.) have whence. 

20220122, 18:01  #18  
Bamboozled!
"𒉺𒌌𒇷𒆷𒀭"
May 2003
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Hendrik Lenstra is in the running, perhaps? 

20220122, 18:08  #19 
Jul 2003
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I don't believe Godel has been mentioned yet.
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20220122, 18:09  #20 
"Vincent"
Apr 2010
Over the rainbow
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Terence Tao, for the modern time?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Tao 
20220122, 18:40  #21 
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20220122, 18:49  #22  
Jun 2015
Vallejo, CA/.
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Right. You beat me to the punch..
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Girolamo Cardano, Leonardo de Pisa, Bertrand Russell, Hilberth, de La Vallée Poussin, Legendre, Laplace, Pascal, Poissan, Gögel, Tao .... are a few example of names. You could easily double the size of the list. I haven't gone too much into the late XX, early XXi Century, but of course, at least, we could consider four or five. Definitely the guy or gal that proves the Riemann Hypothesis (or conversely disproves it) will deserve a place. Of course it could be Gögel Undecidable too. Which would mean it is true! I will just give a few highlights of one of the achievement of the first ONE (ALPHABETICALLY) of my two choices Leonhard Euler [ˈɔʏlɐ] Prolific 60 to 80 volumes or work. His work has not yet been completely transcribed yet. Up to date there are 78 volumes although the work was started 111 years ago. Moved around a lot. Basel, Berlin, Saint Petersburg.. Breath of work : Mechanics, Optics, Astronomy, Analysis, Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra, Number Theory, Physics, Set Diagrams,some people believe that he is the inspiration of the game Sudoku. The Euler Number. e =2.7182818... . . .Excerpt of the Eulogy of Euler. (it is very long. Took me three separate readings to finish it!) Quote:
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