Who Is The Father Of Mathematics?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
The title 'father of mathematics' is not one to be banded about lightly.

The field of mathematics has known some phenomenally intelligent men, so deciding which one truly merits the title 'father of mathematics' is subject to some debate.

The father of mathematics is...

The name Archimedes is often used in conjunction with the phrase father of mathematics (there's even a book title that says so).

In my opinion, the title can only really go to two men:

Pythagoras of Samos:

Pythagoras was a Greek mathematician who was born sometime around 570 BC.

Based on the fact that he was is regarded by many as 'the first great mathematician' and a big influence on the work of people like Aristotle, it would be fair to say that Pythagoras should be considered the father of maths.

His theories (including the trigonometrical cornerstone that is the Pythagorean Theory)  mean that he is one of the most recognizably influential mathematicians in human history.

Although Pythagoras was by no means the first mathematician (the Baudhayana of India are documented beat him to it by about 300 years) he is certainly the first 'big name' in the field.

Leonhard Euler:

Although he may not be as well known as Aristotle or Isaac Newton, I'd suggest that Leonhard Euler
is the most brilliant and noteworthy mathematician the world has ever known.

On this basis, I believe he is the true father of modern mathematics.

He is often described as 'the man who discovered every mathematical formula before the person they are named after'.

Euler lived between 1707-1783 and was responsible for developing mathematical notation and the concept of 'function'.

He was also responsible for developing breakthrough theories in the following fields (amongst many others):

  • Calculus
  • Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Graph Theory
I think it is more than just a coincidence that all the major breakthroughs in human technology occurred following his work into mathematics.
amber Jhon Profile
amber Jhon answered
Archimedes is the Father of Mathematician and he contributed a lot in mathematics. He gave the basic concepts of Calculus. Moreover, he also gave various other mathematics concepts.

Most of the people think that Euclid is the father of mathematics but they are wrong because Euclid is the father of geometry. For reference check the given link:
Archimedes - Father of Mathematician
Fernando Bonilla Profile
Is been said that Archimedes is considered the father of mathematics, He was an ancient Greek mathematicians as well as a philosopher. He made a huge number of discoveries in the fields of physics.  There are many assumptions such as an unknown man in the ancient Sumerian culture, to help keep track of trade, invented mathematics.
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Evelyn Vaz answered
Archimedes is considered to be the father of mathematics, who was basically an ancient Greek mathematicians as well as a philosopher. He made a huge number of discoveries in the fields of physics and engineering. He also very well kwon as the greatest scientist in classical antiquity.

Some of his mathematical proofs absorb the use of infinitesimals in a method that is alike to contemporary integral calculus. By assuming a proposition to be factual and also presenting that this would show the way to a disagreement, he was able to give away answers to problems to a random amount of accurateness, while specifying the confines inside which the answer lay. This modus operandi is known as the method of exhaustion. The most well-known illustration of his use of infinitesimals was a calculation of the value of π (Pi). This was achieved by portraying a bigger polygon outer of a circle and a smaller polygon within the circle. When the polygons had 96 sides each, he was intelligent to work out the lengths of their sides and show that the value of π lay amid 3 + 1/7 (approximately 3.1429) and 3 + 10/71 (approximately 3.1408). Another well-known mathematical work by Archimedes is The Sand Reckoner.
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There have been several significant contributors to the field of Mathematics.  Many scholars have been coined "The father of... (mathematics, or a sub-field of math)," but I doubt anyone can claim the absolute discovery of a field of knowledge which is empirically and progressively discoverable. 

We know there were major contributors of mathematical knowledge in the ancient world from India, Babylon and Greece.

Mathematics dates back to at least 1800 BC in Babylon (A city on the Euphrates in what is now Iraq).

Pythagoras (~580 BC, ~490 BC) was a great Greek/Ionian Mathematician and Philosopher

Euclid, a Greek (~300 BC) is known as the "Father of Geometry"

Archimedes, also a Greek (287 BC – 212 BC) was "One of the greatest mathematicians of all time"

Moosa-Al-Khawarizmi (~780 - 850) is known as the "Father of Algebra."  He was a Persian that went to India to learn about their symbolic mathematics.  In the 9th century he wrote a book called Alijeb Oyal Muquabila, based on this knowledge.

Bhaskara-charya in India wrote Siddhanth Shiromani in 1150

Rene´ Descartes (1596-1650) has been referred to as "The Father of Modern Mathematics"

Carl Gauss (1777-1855) was a "Prince of mathematicians"

And modern mathematicians have made major contributions.  Of them, Norbert Wiener is known as "The father of Cybernetics."  He was a brilliant man, yet was seen trying his key out on a row of cars, because he couldn't remember which one was his.

And one might think there is nothing more to discover, yet many "open questions" still exist in mathematics that remain unanswered.  Who knows, you might be the next one to discover something in mathematics!


Vincent Davis Profile
Vincent Davis answered
There is no single contribution to the field and science of mathematics, there are far to many single contributions to the subject matter of mathematics. The main countries that have contributed far more to mathematics than other countries would be Greece, Russia, Germany.

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