Teacher and coach

Now that I have a bunch of spanking new video cameras for my classroom, I’ve decided to name them after famous mathematicians, ~~and you can help me choose the names by voting in the poll in the sidebar~~. You can vote for as many names as you like, and you can even vote more than once, though you can only vote one time per day. [Update: Thanks for voting; see results below.]

The names in the list aren’t necessarily my pick of the best mathematicians in history, they’re just ones that I think are interesting, and that I think my students might find interesting enough to ask, “Hey, who’s this?” If I left someone out that you think should be on the list, just let me know in the comments.

And if you’re interested in finding out a little more about any of the candidates, here are a few good websites with short bios, etc.

[The winners are: Euclid, Pythagoras, Hypatia, Andrew Wiles, Karl Gauss, Pierre de Fermat, Georg Cantor, Sophie Germain, Ada Lovelace, Kurt Godel, and Ramanujan.]

*(Photo of David Hilbert from The Thirty Greatest Mathematicians.)*

Nice! I had not heard of her before.

Julia Robinson–there’s a super cool math festival named after her!