Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 12:37:08 
Nogals
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I had a discussion with some friends on this topic, so forum: Who is your favourite mathematician and why?
of course there are a few right answers and the others are wrong.

Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 13:05:13 
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Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 15:06:30 
knyte
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tossup between Turing and Russell
As for why, well, their contributions to the sort of math I enjoy. And it's ridiculously cool that we have all this stuff built on top of the simple idea that machines can do math.

Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 16:21:57 
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Artilerists and snipers are one of the best mathematicians. (yea, you need maths in this jobs )

Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 16:37:14 
Lukku
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I respect Ted Kaczynski a fair bit... its a pity what he was moulded into becoming.
While maths is something were special I wouldn't say I had a Favourite Mathematician; If I had to say one perhaps my old GSCE maths teacher who taught me the enjoyment of it.

Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 18:27:33 
Nogals
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knyte well done you gave the correct answer.
James Maxwell, Archimedes and Euler were also awesome

Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 18:45:24 
knyte
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@sze: holy shit I totally forgot Markov. And Gauss. How could I forget Gauss?!

Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 19:45:14 
Tiny Koala
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My favorite mathematician is Erdős.
Edit: I also like Terry Tao for many of the reasons I like Erdős  he has a wide, direct impact by working with many people, he has good results in a several different areas  including harmonic analysis, analytic or combinatorial number theory, combinatorial geometry, applied math (compressed sensing), partial differential equations, probably many more that I don't know about.
I guess for analytic number theory specifically, the top guys are Peter Sarnak, Henryk Iwaniec, and John Friedlander.
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Favourite mathematican: 12/7/2015 21:10:58 
[AOE] JaiBharat909
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I would probably say Bernoulli. He had some pioneering work in statistics, plus he was instrumental in the foundation of the kinetic theory of gasses.

Favourite mathematican: 12/8/2015 17:54:04 
Tajik on LSD
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Nursultan Nazarbayev

Favourite mathematican: 12/8/2015 18:28:41 
Tiny Koala
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Actually, I would like to change my vote to Lamar Smith. He has a wideranging and deep understanding of all of the basic sciences, including mathematics, that makes him more qualified to judge which specific projects are worth funding by the NSF than the socalled "expert" reviewers that are typically tapped for that job.

Favourite mathematican: 12/8/2015 19:14:05 
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I haven't yet seen the name Fermat in this thread, but he should be in it. And with him comes of course Andrew Wiles.
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Favourite mathematican: 12/8/2015 23:32:14 
Ξ Nanaimo
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I like Pascal

Favourite mathematican: 12/9/2015 03:39:35 
LoaTBaC
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I would have to say Alan Turing or John von Neumann for their major contributions to mathematics and computer science.

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