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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Ah, math. Either you love it or you hate it. Thankfully, brilliant mathematicians throughout history embraced a passion for numbers and discovered all sorts of amazing things, such as equations, measurements, numerical solutions and so much more. While you might not want to name your child Archimedes, Aryabhata, Eratosthenes, Ptolemy or Pythagoras, you may just find inspiration from these other well-known mathematicians.

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852):  Thanks to the mathematical algorithm she produced, Ms. Lovelace is recognized as the world's first computer programmer. Girls are good at math!

Alan Turing (1912-1954):  Turing's mathematical aptitude enabled him to formulate algorithms and computations for the Turing Machine computer. He is known as the father of computer science.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955):  Einstein was born with an understanding of numbers and claims, "Before I was 15, I had mastered differential integral calculus." Who hasn't?

Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806):  The self-taught mathematician predicted a solar eclipse and calculated the 17-year cycle of locusts.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662):  Pascal's Triangle, a table of binomial coefficients, is described in his paper Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle.

Emmy Noether (1882-1935):  In her paper Theory of Ideals in Ring Domains, Noether introduced theories on abstract algebra.

Euclid (c. 365 – c. 275BC):  The "father of geometry" penned one of the earliest known math books, Elements, which elaborates on his system of Euclidean geometry.

Georg Cantor (1845-1918):  Cantor invented the set theory and helped to introduce cardinal and ordinal numbers. (And that's Georg without an E on the end.)

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716):  Leibniz worked on infinitesimal calculus and proposed the Transcendental Law of Homogeneity.

Isaac Newton (1642-1727):  This English mathematician is famous for Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and the development of the binomial theorem.

John Forbes Nash, Jr. (1928):  This American mathematician is noted for his studies of game theory, algebraic geometry, differential geometry and partial differential equations.

John Napier (1550-1617):  This Scottish mathematician invented logarithms.

Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (1170-1250):  Fibonacci, as he is better-known, introduced the Arabic-Hindu number system to the western world.

Luca Pacioli (1445-1517): The "father of accounting" developed bookkeeping methods that are still used today.

Omar Khayyam (1048-1131):  Khayyam, a Persian mathematician, wrote the Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra and studied the theory of proportions.

Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665):  Ever hear of Fermat's Last Theorem? You can thank this French guy. British scholar Andrew Wiles (b. 1953) proved the theorem.

René Descartes (1596-1650):  The "father of analytical geometry" is best known for the Cartesian coordinate system.

Sophie Germain (1776-1831):  Germain's work with number theory led to the recognition of Sophie Germain prime numbers bearing her name.

Thales (c. 624 - c. 546BC):  Are you familiar with Thales' Theorem? The Greek Thales is widely considered the first mathematician and was famous for using geometry to solve day-to-day problems.

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