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Alexandre Eremenko
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Which came first, the natural logarithm or the base of the natural logarithm?

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How did Eratosthenes know the Sun was very far away?

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Writing Mathematical Symbols in 20th century

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Has there been an equivalent in physics to Ramanujan in maths?

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What is so mysterious about Archimedes' approximation of $\sqrt 3$?

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How was Lagrange appointed professor of mathematics so early?

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How did Napier come to invent logarithms?

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How did German become the language of science?

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Is the story about Fermat's writing on a margin true?

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How did people make things perfectly straight?

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What are the earliest inventions to store and release energy (e.g. fly wheels)?

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What are examples of serendipity in the history of the sciences and math?

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What are some scientific breakthroughs that have been done during jail time?

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Did ancient Greek mathematicians consider numbers independently of geometry?

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Is there any example of a long-standing mathematical conjecture whose resolution did not require advanced knowledge?

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Why is one meter as long as it is?

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Why is American and French notation different for open intervals (x, y) vs. ]x, y[?

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How did scientists plot complicated graphs in the 19th century?

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Why are there no known Roman mathematicans from the Roman Empire?

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When were vectors invented?

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What are examples of serendipity in the history of the sciences and math?

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How did Ptolemy know that days were unequal lengths?

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Why were 20th Century German scientists so impressive?

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What cipher(s) did Isaac Newton use?

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Why did mathematicians not see that $f_n(x)=x^n$ is a counterexample to Cauchy's "theorem" about limits of continuous functions?

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What motivated Cantor to invent set theory?

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Who invented the integers?

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Why is Leibniz less well regarded?

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What is the shortest paper in the history of mathematics?

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Examples of when the professional scientists or mathematicians were wrong, but the nonprofessionals were right

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