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It does not seem like there was much of a contribution, if any Lagrange is sometimes mentioned, without reference, e.g. by Borell, along with Taylor and de Moivre, as one who "worked" on it. But while Euler's work is called "serious" and "influential" not much else is said about the other three. A detailed history in Rediscovery of the Knight's Problem by ...


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According to Fowler's Ratio in Early Greek Mathematics, palindromic patterns in continued fractions of $\sqrt{p}:\sqrt{q}$ with primes $p>q$ were likely known already to Pythagoreans. In the modern times the interest in continued fractions was revived largely due to Euler's work (from 1731), although Wallis and Huygens worked on them earlier, see ...


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The quote is not accurate but Gauss actually wrote something similar to Schumacher in the letter of 1 November 1844 cited here, where he complains about concepts and definitions given in math books by philosopher that are not mathematicians, namely [...] look around at modern philosophers [...] don't their definitions make your hair stand on end? Read in ...


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At that time, France had compulsory military service for all males, but they could replace it by work in a school overseas.The French version of the Wikipedia article on Yoccoz specifies: Pendant cette période, au début des années 1980, il effectue son service national en coopération à l’Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada de Rio de Janeiro That ...


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