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  • 5-15-1615

    Frans van Schooten born in Leiden, Netherlands. He helped popularize Rene Descartes' analytic geometry by translating it to Latin and by teaching it to his star pupils, Huygens, van Heuraet, and Hudde.

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  • 5-15-1618

    Johannes Kepler discovered his third law of planetary motion.

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    Johannes Kepler
    Kepler's Laws
  • 5-15-1835

    Emile Mathieu born in Metz, France. He is most famous for his discovery of the five sporadic simple groups now known as the Mathieu groups.

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  • 5-15-1985

    Benoit Mandelbrot received the Barnard Medal for Meritorious Service to Science, an award made every five years at a Columbia University graduation ceremony. He is famous for his pioneering work on fractals.

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    Mandelbrot Set