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  • 8-23-1638

    Descartes' proposal. Descartes, in a letter to Mersenne, proposed his folium (x-cubed + y-cubed = 2axy) as a test case to challenge Fermat's differentiation techniques. To Descartes' embarrassment, Fermat's method worked.

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    Rene Descartes
    Pierre de Fermat
  • 8-23-1778

    Josef Hoene Wronski born in Wolsztyn, Poland. He was a mathematical philosopher after whom the Wronskian determinant was named.

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    Josef-Maria Hoene de Wronski
  • 8-23-1829

    Moritz Cantor born in Mannheim, Baden, Germany. He was a celebrated historian of mathematics, best known for his four-volume history of the subject through 1799.

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    Moritz Cantor

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