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Google Doodle Honors Euler, Pioneer Mathematician

April 15, 2013
Google Doodle

Search site Google is showing a home page doodle honoring the anniversary of the birth of influential Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler.

Born 306 years ago, Euler introduced the terminology and notation used by mathematicians ever since in many branches of the science including geometry, trigonometry and calculus.

He was also one of the most prolific mathematicians in history, known for his contributions to mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, and astronomy as the author of more than 880 scientific papers.

Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1707, the Euler attended the University of Basel at 13 and earned a master's degree by age 16.

Working under the renowned Swiss mathematician Johann Bernoulli, Euler published his first scientific paper by the age of 19.

Euler spent most of his academic life in St. Petersburg, Russia, until a growing resentment of foreign intellectuals caused him to move to Berlin.

When Catherine the Great gained the Russian throne, Euler returned there where he died in 1783.

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