Famous Mathematicians

Name the mathematician based on the clues.
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(287-212 BCE) Used the Method of Exhaustion to approximate the are of a circle.
(322-275 BCE) Wrote "The Elements"
Euclid of Alexandria
(578 - 505 BCE) Credited with the first formal proof of the relationship between the sides of a right triangle.
Pythagoras of Samos
(790-850) Wrote the first book on Algebra in which we are given the words "algebra" and "algorithm".
Abu Ja'far Muhammed ibn Musa Al-Khwarizmi
(1170-1250) Developed a recursive sequence of numbers by adding two numbers together to get the next number.
Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci
(1323 - 1382) Mathematician credited with proving that the harmonic series diverges.
Nicole d'Oresme
(1540 1603) Introduced the modern algebra notation of using letters to represent unknown quantities.
Francois Viete
(1596-1650) Invented the xy-plane, creating analytic geometry.
Rene Descarte
(1550 - 1617) Invented logarithms
John Napier
(1601-1665) Worked on number theory; most famous for his "Last" Theorem.
Pierre de Fermat
(1623 - 1662) Invented [his] Triangle used for binomial expansions and probability calculations.
Blaise Pascal
(1643 - 1727) English mathematician who laid the groundwork for differential and integral calculus; most remembered for his formulation of the gravitation laws.
Isaac Newton
(1646-1716) German mathematician developed the present day notation of the derivative and integral.
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz
(1667 - 1754) Used trigonometric functions to represent complex numbers.
Abraham De Moivre
(1707 - 1783) Discovered the natural base, e.
Leonhard Euler
(1777-1855) Discovered a method for finding the sum of consecutive integers beginning with 1 at age 8.
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
(1749 - 1827) Applied calculus to study the orbits of celestial bodies; also know for [his] transform.
Pierre-Simon Laplace
(1789 - 1857) Pioneered the study of real analysis, complex anlysis, and permutation groups.
Augustin-Louis Cauchy
(1826 - 1866) Used [his] sums to find the are under a curve.
Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann
(1845 - 1918) Founded set theory and introduced the concept of infinite numbers.
Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor
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