Mathematics is a field where many people feel diffident, but there are some who have a passion for numbers and making discoveries regarding equations, measurements, and other numerical solutions in history. Did all these great mathematicians of the world have anything in common? Are they born savants? Did they realize the existence of theorems and other mathematical discoveries in their journey of life? There are two schools of thoughts that answer these questions. Plato believed that these theorems and concepts are out there in the universe just waiting to be revealed. But the ‘realists’ have a different philosophy; according to them mathematical concepts and ideas arise from our physical presence and we solely are responsible for their being. Whichever theory is true the fact remains that Mathematics is creative boldness and all these famous mathematicians found that creativity and boldness within them that encouraged them to discover the mathematical principles we now know and study in our books.
Often called the language of the universe, Mathematics is fundamental to our understanding of the world. Everywhere we look it is likely Mathematics has made an impact, from the faucet in our kitchen to the satellite that beams our television programs to our home. As such, great mathematicians are undoubtedly risen and going to rise above the rest and have their names embedded within history. This book documents some such people. I hope one looks deeper into the lives of these men, as they are truly fascinating people and their discoveries are astonishing – too much to include here. Have you ever wondered how these magical mathematical concepts have arrived and who are the people behind their invention?
You can read through the book and learn more about these people and how they used their mathematical abilities to make their mark on the world.
There are two ways to do great Mathematics. The first is to be smarter than everybody else. The second way is to be stupider than everybody else—but persistent.
Take the first step and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. This is just a beginning for us.