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Happy Birthday, Adrien-Marie Legendre

September 18, 2019

From polynomials and functions to a moon crater and main belt asteroid, French mathematician Adrien-Marie Legendre has quite a few namesakes.

Zeiss, Abbe, and the Evolution of Microscopes and Optical Research

September 11, 2019

The story of Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe involves a picturesque town in Germany, compound microscopes, and a hammer and anvil. See for yourself with a glimpse into the history of optical research.

The Origin Story of the Sampling Theorem and Vladimir Kotelnikov

September 10, 2019

Less than a century ago, we didn’t have the theorem that is fundamental to our understanding of electronic communication today. Fortunately, Vladimir Kotelnikov entered the picture.

Happy Birthday, James Joseph Sylvester

September 3, 2019

Ever heard the word combiants? What about plagiograph, allotrius, or zetaic? The Shakespeare of mathematics, James Joseph Sylvester used his love of poetry to find new ways to describe theories.

Happy Birthday, Samuel P. Langley

August 22, 2019

The person behind the NASA Langley Research Center, Samuel P. Langley once invented a system of standardized time in order to get more funding for his astronomical observatory.

Happy Birthday, Frederick Sanger

August 13, 2019

Thanks to English biochemist Frederick Sanger, we have a method for sequencing DNA, which has enabled us to learn more about the building blocks of life.

Happy Birthday, Joseph Keller

July 31, 2019

Mathematician Joseph Keller is best known for his geometrical theory of diffraction, but he also pursued other areas of study, even developing a teapot spout that doesn’t spill.

Happy Birthday, Friedrich Bessel

July 22, 2019

Friedrich Bessel could have led a comfortable life had he stayed in his career at a commercial firm. Instead, he was inspired to study astronomy, physics, and planetary behavior and movement…

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