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Did Newton develop the concept of gravity first for falling objects or for celestial motion?

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Why did Columbus think the Earth was much smaller than it is?

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Does Blum's speedup theorem have any conceptual predecessors?

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Was Nikola Tesla aware of Maxwell's equations?

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What is the historical significance of Riemann’s discovery of non-flat metrics?

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Who introduced the Principle of Mathematical Induction for the first time?

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Why did Kronecker develop the "adjoining a root" construction?

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How much did John Nash contribute to proving the Riemann hypothesis?

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First example of regularization

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Context of the discovery of ultraproducts

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$\pi(x)$ and $\operatorname{li}(x)$ cross infinitely many times -- due to Littlewood 1914 or Schmidt 1903?

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What was the significance of Eisenstein's discovery of invariants?

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Did Hooke's law come from experiments, or was it mathematically derived from Newtonian mechanics?

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Who proved Rank Nullity Theorem?

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