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Leonhard Euler (pronounced "Oiler") (1707-1783) was a

Swiss mathematician who made contributions to fields

as diverse as calculus, topology, mechanics, optics

and astronomy. He is also credited with inventing

GraphTheory.

He was involved in work to solve the greatest problem

of the age - the Longitude problem - and is regarded by

some as the most prolific mathematician ever to have

lived.

Others dispute that, pointing instead at Paul Erdos, but

while Erdos published more papers, Euler published more

pages. Pierre-Simon Laplace said: "Read Euler, read Euler,

he is a master for us all."

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One of the Famous People on this site.

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!!! Further reading

You can read more on Wikipedia and on the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonhard_Euler

* http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Euler.html

There is also this excellent article by Robin Wilson in "Plus" magazine.

* http://plus.maths.org/issue42/features/wilson/index.html

See also the Wikipedia article:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_topics_named_after_Leonhard_Euler

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!! Footnote

Euler is also a Ph.D. supervisor ancestor of ColinWright,

something of which Colin is simultaneously proud, and

embarrassed, which is an interesting trick. There is

more information here:

* http://www.solipsys.co.uk/new/ColinsMathematicalAncestry.html

(He is also a supervisory ancestor of GarethMcCaughan, another contributor here.)