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Mathematicians By Trevor Wells

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Nicolas Chuquet Nicolas Chuquet was a French matematician that was born in either 1445.

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Basic information Nicolas Chuquet was born in Paris, France in 1445. He died in 1488 in Lyon, France. Besides being a mathematician, Chuquet also earned a living as a copist. Very little else is known about Chuquet's personal life, but Italian links in his writing could indicate he visited Italy at some point.

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Achievements Nicolas Chuquet wrote a book entitled, “Triparty en la science des nombres” It was the earliest known French algebra book. Chuquet is also credited for being the inventor of modern names for larger number (like million or trillion)

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Maria Agnesi Maria Agnesi was a mathematician who was born in May 16, 1718

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Basic Information Maria Agnesi was born in Milan, Italy on May 16, 1718. She also died in Italy on January 9, 1799. Other than being a mathematician, Agnesi was also a philosopher and philanthropist.

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Childhood During childhood, Agnesi's father, Pietro Agnesi, a professor of mathematicsn at the University of Bologna, taught her and her siblings math. At age 13, Agnesi was speaking in French and Spanish. After Agnesi's mother died, her father maried twice, so she ended up being the oldest of 21 children.

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Achievements In 1783, Maria Agnesi spent 10 years writing a mathematics textbook, wanting to do a good job at communicating mathematics to her younger brothers. The textbook was entitled, “Instituzioni Analitiche”. It would become the first mathematics textbook written by a woman and the first comprehensive Calculus textbook. In 1738, Agensi published, “Propositiones Philosophicae”, a series of essays on philosophy and natural science. Agnesi was also the first woman to be appointed as a professor at a university.

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Nicolaus Fuss Nicolaus Fuss was a mathematician born on January 30 th, 1755

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Basic Information Nicolaus Fuss was born in Basel, Switzerland on January 30 th, 1755. He died in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 4 th, 1826. Besides being a mathematician, Nicolaus also worked as a secretary, and was once an assistant at the St. Petersburg Academy and the Marine Corps.

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Childhood Nicolaus was born into a Swiss family that had enough money to live well. He attended school in Basel, where his math skills caught the attention of Daniel Bernoulli, who got him a job as a secretary for Euler.

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Achievements In 1774, Nicolaus wrote “Instruction Detaillee Pour Porter Les Lunettes De Toutes Les Differentes Especes Au Plus Haut Degre De Perfection Dont Elles Sont Susceptibles Tiree De La Theorie Dioptrique De Mr. Euler Le Pere Et Mise A La Portee De Tous Les Ouvriers En Ce Genre. Avec La Description D'un Microscope Qui Peut Passer Pour Le Plus Parfait Dans Son Espece Et Qui Est Propre A Produire tous Les Grossissments Qu'on Voudra” The book was about the construction of telescopes and microscopes. The book wasn't a best seller, but it did get good critical reception. Nicolaus also came up with a formula that later helped create the porism for quadrilaterals.

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Sources Http://www-groups.dcs.st- and.ac.uk/history/Biographies/Chuquet.html Http://www-groups.dcs.st- and.ac.uk/history/Biographies/Chuquet.html Http://lesbillgates.hubpages.com/hub/mathem atical-greass-chuquet Http://lesbillgates.hubpages.com/hub/mathem atical-greass-chuquet Www.math.about.com/library/bioagnesi.htm Www.-history.mcs.st- andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Fuss.html Www.cut-the- knot.org/curriculum/geometry/fuss.shtml Www.cut-the- knot.org/curriculum/geometry/fuss.shtml

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