Important Mathematical Events from 1600s to 1750s

  • Fermat Born

    Fermat Born
    He was born in France. He was christianed on the 20th of August. His father was a wealthy leather merchant and his mother's family was in the legal profession. This is why he became a lawyer before he did anything with math.
  • John Wallis

    John Wallis
    He was born in Ashford. He had always been fascinated with math even though he was supposed to become a doctor.
  • John Napier

    John Napier
    Development of Napier's Rods or Napier's bones. It was a way to add and multiply numbers in a systematic way. *Not the actual day, just year.
  • Imaginay Numbers

    Imaginay Numbers
    Descartes gave the name for the symbol of imaginary numbers because they were complex. It was actually meant to be called negative numbers.
    *The actual month and day is not known
  • Fermat's Last Theorm

    Fermat's Last Theorm
    He claimed to have found the proof to his Theorm, although he died before he could actually prove it and no one could find where it was that it was proven. He said that this equation can't be satisfied for n greater than 2.
    *The actual month and day is not known
  • Discourse on Method

    Discourse on Method
    This was written by Descartes. In the geometry section he wrote about the x and y planes and it led to the birth of analytic geometry.
    *The actual month and day is not known
  • Blaise Pascal

    Blaise Pascal
    He invented a machine for adding and subtracting numbers called Pascaline.
  • Issac Newton

    Issac Newton
    Newton was born in Woolsthrope, England on Christmas day.
  • Gottfired Wilhelm Leibnitz

    Gottfired Wilhelm Leibnitz
    He was born in Leipzig.
  • Death of Descartes

    He died in Stockholm. The cause of his death is not actually known so most people assume it was from pnuemonia however some think he may have been poisoined.
  • Arithmetica Infinitorum

    This was the most famous works of John Wallis. It was a analysis of Descartes and Cavalieri's work. He showed what x to a zero power and x to a negative power would equal. For example, x to a zero power equals 1. (Actual month and day is not known)
  • Newton Attends College

    Newton Attends College
    He attended Cambridge University where he fell in love with math, physics, and astronomy.
  • Newton and Calculus

    Newton had work on infinitesimal calculus in the form of notations of fluxions. For example: dy/dt= 3x^2 (dx/dt). Although he did come up with it first, many people found his way of calculus to be more difficult to understand.
  • Leibnitz and Calculus

    He represented calculus in a different form than Newton. He used differentials. This led the controversy because people are not sure if he used Newton's work to make his discovery or if he came up with it on his own. However, his way of calculus is more understandable and used today.
  • Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

    Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
    This is one of Newton's most famous works. In this book he explained the force of gravity and how it relates to everything in the universe.
  • Daniel Bernoulli

    He was born. He is the youngest of his two other famous brothers. He eventually went on to do important works in the field of statistics because he said to use a larger sample to get a more correct conclusion.
  • Death of Wallis

    He died at Oxford at the age of 86. A monument was resurrected in his honor.
  • The Opticks

    The Opticks
    Newton's book that explained light and color and how they relate to each other.
  • Newton dies

    He died in his sleep in London, England. He is still highly respected as a mathematican. There is even a statue of him in outside a British library.
  • Hydrodynamique

    This is Daniel Bernoulli's most famous works. He wrote a lot about the conservation of energy. This led to more writings and theories by him about tides and vibrating strings.