Category: Mathematicians

Kurt Gödel

Here is the biographical sketch of Kurt Gödel’s life from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Biographical Sketch Kurt Gödel was born on April 28, 1906 in what was then the Austro-Hungarian city of Brünn, and what is now Brno in the Czech Republic. Gödel’s father Rudolf August was a businessman, and his mother Marianne was a well-educated and cultured woman to whom Gödel remained close throughout his life, as witnessed by the long and wide-ranging correspondence between them. The family was well off, and Gödel’s childhood was an uneventful one, with one important exception; namely, from about the age of four...

Georg Cantor

from the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, article byJ J O’Connor and E F Robertson:  “Georg Cantor‘s father, Georg Waldemar Cantor, was a successful merchant, working as a wholesaling agent in St Petersburg, then later as a broker in the St Petersburg Stock Exchange. Georg Waldemar Cantor was born in Denmark and he was a man with a deep love of culture and the arts. Georg’s mother, Maria Anna Böhm, was Russian and very musical. Certainly Georg inherited considerable musical and artistic talents from his parents being an outstanding violinist. Georg was brought up a Protestant, this being the religion...

Georg Cantor Quotes

The final problem which Cantor grappled with was the realization that there could be no set containing everything, since, given any set, there is always a larger set — its set of subsets. Furthermore, he believes that infinity actually exists – it is not just a mathematical construct.  Cantor came to the conclusion that there is an Absolute Infinite that transcends transfinite numbers. It has mathematical properties, and he identified this concept with God. Subsequently, he believed that his new mathematics is actually a form of theology.  Here are some quotes by Georg Cantor: I have never proceeded from any...

Paul Erdös

from the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, article byJ J O’Connor and E F Robertson:  Born: 26 March 1913 in Budapest, Hungary Died: 20 Sept 1996 in Warsaw, Poland Paul Erdös came from a Jewish family (the original family name being Engländer) although neither of his parents observed the Jewish religion. Paul’s father Lajos and his mother Anna had two daughters, aged three and five, who died of scarlet fever just days before Paul was born. This naturally had the effect making Lajos and Anna extremely protective of Paul. He would be introduced to mathematics by his parents, themselves both...