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Mathematical results that became known long after their authors passed away
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Ramanujan's Lost Notebook is one such collection of mathematical results. It consists of loose and unordered sheets of paper in which the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan recorded the ...

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Who is considered the greatest mathematician between the years 400 AD and 1300 AD?
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Al-Khwarizmi was a ninth-century mathematician who created many of the most basic techniques for how we perform calculations. His greatest contributions were in the realm of developing formal, ...

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Looking for a specific story about young Stephen Hawking
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This story has been depicted in The Theory of Everything, a 2014 biographical romantic drama film directed by James Marsh detailing the life of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. In an early ...

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Is there any scientist whose work was not recognised during his/her lifetime and was underestimated?
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Julius Robert Mayer is now known for enunciating in 1841 one of the original statements of the conservation of energy (First Law of Thermodynamics). But his achievements were overlooked, and priority ...

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What famous theorems or results were proven by female mathematicians?
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Hypatia of Alexandria (AD 350 or 370-AD 417) She worked on several researches most significant of which included her commentaries on the Greek text-book, Arithmetica and On the Conics of Apollonius. ...

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What did Newton's teacher contribute to the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus?
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Isaac Barrow had given a series of lectures in 1664-65. These lectures dealt with the general concepts of space, time and motion. With Newton assisting in their preparation, these lectures were ...

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Was there ever a mathematician or physicist who spearheaded a concerted effort to create a flawless musical instrument?
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Leon Theremin, born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1896, was a youthful enthusiast of both music and physics. As a young man working at the Physical Technical Institute in Petrograd, he noticed that ...

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Who established that $K_e = \frac{1}{4 \pi \varepsilon _m}$?
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It is not that a particular person established this relation. This relation is a result of the historical development of the idea of assigning units or rather dimensionality to charge $q$. According ...

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Do you know about this anecdote or its source where the mother reads out the letter to Gauss and made him Gauss, the mathematician?
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This story has often been associated with Thomas Edison but is, in fact, a made-up anecdote. The origin of this story is because of the fact that Edison spent only a few months in a formal classroom ...

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Is there any scientist whose work was not recognised during his/her lifetime and was underestimated?
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Ninety years ago yesterday (Feb. 18), astronomer Clyde Tombaugh gathered the data that proved the existence of what would eventually be dubbed Pluto — but it wouldn't have been possible, astronomers ...

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Why do South Asians often use "lakhs" and "crores" instead of "millions"? What is the historical origin of this system?
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What is the origin of this special numbering system? Was there a more practical reason for having a special numbering system for South Asia? The use of the terms "lakhs" and "crores&...

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Armstrong numbers - who is or was Armstrong?
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As you have pointed out, Armstrong numbers seem to have been named after Michael Armstrong of Polk City in Florida. This is clear from an email he wrote to a Web Blogger in which he talks about giving ...

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Scientists who made a mark in the world despite their disabilities
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These are some of the scientists whom I know about: Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison, an American inventor and businessman, has been described as America's greatest inventor. A bout of scarlet fever ...

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Were ancient Romans so bad at computations before Arab numerals?
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No, Romans were not at all bad at computations before Arab numerals were introduced to them. In fact, Romans had a perfectly fine way of doing computations that was every bit as good as Arabic ...

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Why 360° is assigned to circle full turn ? Not any other number?
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A full circle is assigned 360 degrees because the Babylonians and the Sumerians used the sexagesimal (base-60) system of counting. As discussed in an article on Wonder Quest, this, in turn, had come ...

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Discovery of Suction pump
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Aristotle believed that no void(vacuum) could occur naturally, because the denser surrounding material continuum would immediately fill any incipient rarity that might give rise to a void. Even in his ...

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