Math history

People

Johannes Gutenberg

1398 - 1468

Johannes Gutenberg
Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. Wikipedia
Born: 1398, Mainz
Died: February 3, 1468, Mainz

Martin Luther

1483 - 1546

Martin Luther

Luther in 1533 by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Born 10 November 1483
Eisleben, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire
Died 18 February 1546 (aged 62)
Eisleben, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire

Mersenne

1588 - 1648

Marin Mersenne

Born 8 September 1588
Oizé, Maine
Died 1 September 1648 (aged 59)

Politics

Technology

printing press

1440

The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440

Pacioli's book

1494

Luca Pacioli's "Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalità" (early Italian: "Review of Arithmetic, Geometry, Ratio and Proportion") was first printed and published in Venice in 1494

Math

Decimals

1202

Liber Abaci (1202, also spelled as Liber Abbaci) is a historic book on arithmetic by Leonardo of Pisa, known later by his nickname Fibonacci. In this work, Fibonacci introduced to Europe the Hindu-Arabic numerals, a major element of our decimal system

+/-

1489

n his 1489 treatise Johannes Widmann referred to the symbols − and + as minus and mer (Modern German mehr; "more"): "das − ist, das ist minus, und das + ist das mer"

cubic equations

1530

In 1530, Niccolò Tartaglia (1500–1557) received two problems in cubic equations from Zuanne da Coi and announced that he could solve them.

=

1557

The equals sign, equality sign, or "=" is a mathematical symbol used to indicate equality. It was invented in 1557 by Robert Recorde

logarithms

1614

he method of logarithms was publicly propounded by John Napier in 1614