Jake Silvoy: Famous Math Accomplishments

  • May 24, 1520

    Scipione dal Ferro

    Scipione dal Ferro develops a method for solving depressed cubic equations (cubic equations without an x2 term), but does not publish.
  • Nov 3, 1550


    Jyeshtadeva, a Kerala school mathematician, writes the “Yuktibhasa”, the world's first calculus text, which gives detailed derivations of many calculus theorems and formulae.
  • Johannes Kepler

    Johannes Kepler discovers two of the Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra.
  • Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton invents an algorithm for the computation of functional roots.
  • Edmund Halley

    Edmund Halley prepares the first mortality tables statistically relating death rate to age.
  • John Machin

    John Machin develops a quickly converging inverse-tangent series for pie and computes pie to 100 decimal places.
  • Abraham de Moivre

    Abraham de Moivre introduces the normal distribution to approximate the binomial distribution in probability
  • Leonhard Euler

    Leonhard Euler introduces the integrating factor technique for solving first-order ordinary differential equations.
  • Christian Goldbach

    Christian Goldbach conjectures that every even number greater than two can be expressed as the sum of two primes.
  • Joseph Louis Lagrange

    Joseph Louis Lagrange discovers the divergence theorem.
  • Caspar Wessel

    Caspar Wessel associates vectors with complex numbers and studies complex number operations in geometrical terms
  • Georg Frobenius

    Georg Frobenius presents his method for finding series solutions to linear differential equations with regular singular points.
  • Josip Plemelj

    Josip Plemelj solves the Riemann problem about the existence of a differential equation with a given monodromic group.
  • Kurt Godel

    Kurt Gödel proves his incompleteness theorem which shows that every axiomatic system for mathematics is either incomplete or inconsistent,
  • Nicholas Metropolis

    Nicholas Metropolis introduces the idea of thermodynamic simulated annealing algorithms
  • Robert Langlands

    Robert Langlands formulates the influential Langlands program of conjectures relating number theory and representation theory.
  • Gerd Faltings

    Gerd Faltings proves the Mordell conjecture and thereby shows that there are only finitely many whole number solutions for each exponent of Fermat's Last Theorem.
  • Neeraj Kayal

    Neeraj Kayal of Ipresents an unconditional deterministic polynomial time algorithm to determine whether a given number is prime.