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Recent documents in Mathematics Class Publicationsen-usMon, 05 Jun 2023 11:34:54 PDT3600René Descartes
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René Descartes is a mathematician, philosopher, scientist, and Christian, who made a profound impact on the world of mathematics and science. Descartes is known as the founder of analytical geometry. He was born in France in 1596. Descartes was raised by his grandmother until he went to Jesuit college of Le Fléche. Le Fléche was where Descartes was first exposed to mathematics and philosophy. After university, Descartes met Isaac Beeckman in 1618, while serving in the military. Isaac Beeckman was the main motivator for Descartes’ pursuit in mathematics. Descartes studied under Beeckman briefly. While corresponding with Beeckman, Descartes revealed the foundations of analytical geometry through his discovery that algebraic equations can be solved using a proportional compass and geometric shapes. In 1637, his only mathematical publication, Geometry, was published. Geometry was one of Descartes most important works ever published. The ideas in Geometry fueled research and insight in physics and philosophy and even contributed to Descartes’ proofs of God’s existence. The details of Descartes’ strong belief in God as the reason for everything are explained in his work, Meditations. Descartes’ proof of the existence of God guided all of his work. It was through his attempt to prove the existence of God that Descartes discovered his mathematical contributions and made his contributions to the development of Cartesian mathematics. Without his strong faith, René Descartes would not have been able to impact the world of mathematics and science so profoundly.
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Kristina BeallIsaac Newton
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/13Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:51:05 PDT
This paper includes a biography over the life, work and religion of Isaac Newton. There is information about his early life and how he got to the different schools that he went to. Also, there is information about the papers he wrote that had major scientific and mathematical discoveries. There is also information on the political aspects of his life and how he got involved in government. Finally, there is a description of his religious views and how they impacted his work.
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Hayley MorrisonBernhard Riemann
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/11Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:26:26 PDT
Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann, or Bernhard Riemann as he is commonly known, was a devout Lutheran and brilliant mathematician, and was both for all his life. His results are indispensable, providing us with a non-Euclidean geometry, the path to general relativity, and perhaps in time, the key to the problem of the distribution of primes. His faith in God was exemplified both through his mathematics and his home life for as long as he lived, and his example is one to which we may aspire as both mathematicians and simply as Christians.
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Andrew CrookA Research of the Life of Charles Babbage
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/10Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:26:22 PDT
If the name of Charles Babbage does not in any way seem familiar, you do not stand alone. Babbage remains one of the most unpopular geniuses in our history, a mastermind of a variety of subjects, including mathematics, engineering, politics, economics, philosophy, and religion. Babbage would create the first "calculating machine," and created blueprints for other machines that could have led to the first modem-day programmable computer in as early has the mid 19th century. However, the story of Charles Babbage is indeed a tragic one: the totality of his projects were not fully completed until the late 20th century, over a hundred years after his death, due to lack of funding. His story is one that brings about fear for the rest of humanity by raising this question: how many of the world's greatest intellectual minds were never given a chance?
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Luke DawsonWandering through "Wonderland": Lewis Carroll's Life as a Logician, Author, and Man of God
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/8Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:26:13 PDT
Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, lived his life as a man of God, a skilled logician, and a masterful author. Much can be learned through a study of his life and his successes. Tracing his early years, his studies, and his accomplishments, while recognizing the accolades and admonitions of his contemporaries, reveals much about the influences on Dodgson’s life. To separate his faith from his work is impossible and speaks to the precedence his beliefs held over all of his other ambitions.
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Mattie CouchDevotion and Suffering in the Life of Johannes Kepler
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/7Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:20:04 PDT
Various heroes of Christianity have been celebrated by Protestants for centuries. From followers to devout disciples, Christians have recognized certain individuals as being role models. These people have stood as leaders of the faith and spanned from tax collectors, to fishermen, and even to government authorities. Often overlooked, though, were those who made advancements in the sciences, philosophy, mathematics, and other scholarly fields. In certain professions and studies, Protestants were persecuted and forced to deny their beliefs. Some chose to make what they believed as the center of their motivation which would lead to even greater achievements. Of those people, Johannes Kepler certainly impacted the world with his laws and even when he faced adversity, Kepler held on to his faith and progressed further!
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Anthony Jenkins Jr.Fancis Bacon
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/6Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:19:56 PDT
This paper will give the reader an insight into the life of the mathematician, Francis Bacon. We will start by looking into his early life, leading into what he became famous for in mathematics and who he worked professionally with. Then we will look into the faith life of Francis Bacon and see how he expressed his faith. Then there will be a section about how I could let faith drive my life as a mathematician and I can show it in my work life. The hope to help the reader further understand the impact Francis Bacon had on mathematics and how we can incorporate our faith into our work lives.
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William Travis BeallGottfried W. Leibnez
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/5Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:19:49 PDT
Gottfried W. Leibniz was a philosopher and mathematician who lived in Germany from 1646 to 1716. He first gained a bachelor's degree in philosophy, then later earned one in law. As his life went on, he made many contributions to the mathematical world. From discovering differential and integral calculus to creating the binary system of arithmetic, Leibniz changed today's world. He worked also with physics, dynamics, and attempted to create a calculating machine. While making these discoveries, he had the privilege of working with many different scholars and mathematicians, namely Weigel, Boineburg, and Huygens. With the help and guidance of these professionals, Leibniz was able to soar in his career. Leibniz was also a very religious man, as seen from his Lutheran faith. He was passionate about re-unifying the Christian churches and used his degree in philosophy to share about his faith. Leibniz enjoyed studying logic and reasoning, which directly affected both his beliefs and his mathematical discoveries. He spoke on the problem of evil in this world and still claimed that God is good regardless of the circumstances. The mathematical career of Leibniz and his profession of faith to the world make him a very well-known and influential figure. He changed the way that mathematics was performed and spoke to the beauty of our Creator.
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Brittany RatliffLeonardo Fibonacci
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/4Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:19:48 PDT
Leonardo Fibonacci was a mathematician in the late twelfth to mid-thirteenth century. He grew up and was trained in North Africa, where his father worked. His major contributions to mathematics can be found in his books- Liber Abaci, Practica Geometriae, Flos, and Liber Quadrotorum. Little can be found about his Christian faith, but fruits of his faith can be seen through some of his work. As a mathematician, I would like to exemplify Christ in all aspects of my life.
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Betsy PattersonBlaise Pascal
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/3Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:19:41 PDT
Blaise Pascal was a mathematician with a great impact. He began his mathematical journey from a young age, and, throughout his lifetime, made significant contributions in geometry, probability, philosophy and religion. Toward the end of his short life, Pascal became focused on his faith, which led to a change in his thoughts and has served as an example to Christian mathematicians ever since.
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Grace KempChristiaan Huygens: The Discovery and Doctrine of a Mathematician
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/2Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:19:34 PDT
This paper examines the life of Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch Mathematician born in 1629. Through this examination of his life, I discuss his training, a few of his colleagues, and his major mathematical discoveries. These major discoveries include Saturn's rings, the pendulum clock, and the Wave Theory of Light. The paper then moves into Huygens's faith and the effect that this had on his work. Knowing the faith of this mathematician gives us some insight on his motivations and beliefs behind his work. Through research, I was able to find some information on how his beliefs brought about his theories; however, Huygens wasn't very open with his religious perspective. Finally, I address how my faith and study of mathematics will affect my future endeavors in life and teaching.
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Anna NorrisGalileo Galilei: A Christian Mathematician
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https://scholarlycommons.obu.edu/math/1Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:01:22 PDT
Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564 to a famous music theorist. Galileo quickly made his own name known across Europe. He worked tirelessly to not only improve his own mind but, in his eyes, that of the Church’s as well. He made many significant discoveries and contributions to Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and Christianity. Even though his work was continually rebutted by the Church, he persevered to defend findings until his death in 1642. This paper examines Galileo’s life and his life’s work. It also looks at how Galileo’s Christian faith encouraged his work, and how his work encouraged his faith.
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Kelsey Harrison