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File: ColinsMathematicalAncestry Some recent research amazed me. I feel somewhat humbled by this, as I am completely unable to live up to some of these people: [[[ images/genealogy.png ]]] If you don't know who the ones in green are, you should go and look them up. For example: * LeonhardEuler: * solved the Koenigsberg bridges problem, * invented GraphTheory and topology, and * gave us the truly magical equation images/Euler.png * Fourier: As in Fourier analysis, used to find frequencies in vibrations * Gauss: Everywhere and everything * Klein: After whom the KleinBottle is named. * Leibniz: Invented calculus at the same time as Newton * Lagrange: The stable points in orbits are named after him. * Dirichlet: Proved Fermat's Last Theorem for n=5 .... and so on. You can find more about these amazing people here: * http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/BiogIndex.html I'm gobsmacked. I must work harder ...