Georg Cantor

Georg Cantor

Born: March 3, 1845

Died: January 6, 1918

Nationality: German

Occupation: Mathematician

Biography: Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor was a German mathematician, best known as the inventor of set theory, which has become a fundamental theory in mathematics. Cantor established the importance of one-to-one correspondence between the members of two sets, defined infinite and well-ordered sets, and proved that the real numbers are more numerous than the natural numbers.

Source/Notes: As quoted in Infinity and the Mind (1995) by Rudy Rucker. ~ ISBN 0691001723
Source/Notes: In re mathematica ars proponendi pluris facienda est quam solvendi. - Doctoral thesis (1867)
Source/Notes: As quoted in "From Kant to Hilbert: A Source Book in the Foundations of Mathematics" (1996) by William Bragg Ewald - ISBN: 9780198534709

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Source/Notes: Variant translation: The essence of mathematics is in its freedom. - From Kant to Hilbert (1996)