17. Leonhard Euler


Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) was a Swiss mathematician and Physicist. He is famous for his work in Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Optics and Astronomy.

Euler had worked in almost all the areas of mathematics namely Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra and Number Theory. His works in Continuum Physics and Lunar Theory are famous.

Euler’s eye sight worsened through out mathematical career! He suffered from a near fatal fever in 1735. After three years he became blind in the right eye. Later he suffered cataract in his left eye and became totally blind in 1766.

But his physical conditions hardly affected his productivity. His skill for mental calculations and his photographic memory more than compensated his visual impairment.

With the aid of his scribes, his productivity actually increased! In 1775, he was producing one mathematical paper ever week, on an average!

Euler has been honored by several countries for his contributions to the world of Mathematics and Physics.

Old Swiss 10 Franc notes bear his picture. Former Soviet Union released a stamp in 1957, commemorating his 250th birthday. Former German Democratic Republic released a stamp on Euler’s 200th death anniversary.

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2 Responses to 17. Leonhard Euler

  1. allen993 says:

    Hello, I’m A Big Huge Fan of Leonhard Euler’s Work And Today, It’s A Sad Day Because He Passe
    d Away in His 200th Year And So, I’m Dedicating His Birthday In His Grave Saying “Happy Birthday
    Mr. Leonhard”! We Are Deeply Saddened For His Loss And His Death And We Dedicate This To R
    ember His Passing And Time of Death And His Birthday Tomorrow And So, We Wish Him The Best
    of His Life And Forever In Our Hearts! Mr. Euler, We’ll Miss You And Rest In Peace And Now, You’
    re in Heaven Watching Over Us in Your Spirit! Thanks! 04/14/2013 Time 10:20pm.

    • Thank you for your feedback.

      Euler was truly a great man – one of the greatest in fact. He is best remembered by the way he lived and set an example for all the world to follow.

      Euler’s eye sight worsened throughout mathematical career! He suffered from a near fatal fever in 1735. After three years he became blind in the right eye. Later he suffered cataract in his left eye and became totally blind in 1766.

      But his physical conditions hardly affected his productivity. His skill for mental calculations and his photographic memory more than compensated his visual impairment.

      With the aid of his scribes, his productivity actually increased! In 1775, he was producing one mathematical paper ever week, on an average!

      He did more than what people with normal vision could have accomplished. We will cherish his memory by overcoming our own defects and deficiencies.

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