Idea Design Studio admits that while math may not be everyone’s favorite subject, it certainly is something that is used on a daily basis. Here are some of the top mathematical innovations, and a glimpse as to their history.
- Logarithms – Credit can be given to three men for this innovation, dating back to the early 15th John Napier and Joost Burgi worked on them together, and Napier published the idea first in 1614. The popularity, however, is due to Henry Briggs.
- Complex Numbers – Girolamo Cardano and Rafael Bombelli were among the first to take square roots of negative number seriously in the mid-16th Then complex numbers were born of the combination of ordinary numbers with roots of negative numbers. About 100 years later John Wallis started convincing people that the square roots of negative numbers were physically meaningful.
- Binary Logic – George Boole wanted to use math to represent the ‘laws of thought.’ After attempting to use ‘x’ as the symbol he realized that x time x equaled x only when using O and 1. He wrote a book based on logic using only 0s and 1s and most computer language founders have followed suite.
- Calculus – You have two people to blame for your hatred of calculus in college, Sir Issac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz. But we do need calculus for things today, despite our lack of understanding about it. Architecture, astronomy, neuroscience, and thermodynamics all depend on it.
- Arabic numerals – Roman numerals just weren’t going to work complicated math problems, so thankfully Fibonacci started using Arabic numerals in the early 13th While technically the Arabs took them from the Hindus, we should all be glad for their use in today’s mathematics, reminds Idea Design Studio.
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