(April 15, 1707 – September 18, 1783)

If the issue concerns mathematics, look no farther than Leonhard Euler. With nearly one thousand first-class publications to his name, this Swiss genius is the greatest of all mathematicians. He was relentlessly prolific. His phenomenal brain-power enabled him to calculate as easily as folks breathe. This explains why he is deemed the preeminent algorist and was nicknamed “Analysis Incarnate”. Euler excelled in all branches of mathematics, uncovered links between various branches, standardized notations, proved many theorems, shattered every benchmark and pioneered new methodologies. During his 76 years lifetime, 1 out of every 3 maths publications in the world was authored by him. The great Pierre-Simon Laplace called him the master of all mathematicians; whereas Carl Friedrich Gauss (The Prince of Mathematics) referred to his works as the irreplaceable best school for mathematics. Stupendously brilliant, versatile and productive, Euler was the supreme sage whose sagacity transmogrified both maths and physics. Not even his blindness (in 1766) could hinder him. He kept churning-out mind-boggling treatises even after losing his sight. At work in Russian Science Academy, observers stared in disbelief as he conjured formulae and dictated mind-blowing calculations (which heralded his new monograph) for his secretary to prepare for publishing. No comparable novelty has ever been witnessed. The sheer quantity and quality of his works is breathtaking. Nobody else came close. Not Gauss! Not Newton! No one at all! The greatest and the most beautiful theorems have Euler footprints all over them. He was (and still remains) the mathematical champion of all the champions.

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  1. Hi, I love this website and the wonderful work you put into it. So many great stuffs here. Special thanks for this one about Leonhard Euler. I agree with Pierre-Simon Laplace. Euler is the master of all mathematicians.

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  5. You came up with a great list of mathematicians! I’m currently conducting my own survey on Facebook and it will be interesting to compare my results to yours. However, I’m not really happy with your list of the 100 greatest scientists of all time. Why isn’t Darwin on your list? In my opinion, he should certainly be in the top 5!

    • Hello David Terr,
      Let me remind you that my four evaluative criteria are: Overall Ability, Versatility, Productivity and Developmental Influences.
      Despite Charles Darwin’s historical importance, his achievements fell short under these ranking criteria.
      Thank you.

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