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Rob Russotti
April 4, 2008
College Algebra
Prof. Mucci
Leonhard Euler
There are many famous mathematicians, but when I was researching one person caught my eye.
His name is Leonhard Euler. Euler is no longer alive; in fact he did a very long time ago. He
wasn’t just a mathematician, he was also a physicist. He was born in Switzerland, and died in
Russia.
Leonhard Euler was born on April 15, 1707, and died September 7, 1783. His father was
a pastor and his mother was a pastor’s daughter. He had two younger sisters. Euler’s family
moved to a town called Riehen soon after his birth. Euler’s father was very good friends with at
the time one of the most famous mathematicians. This man was named
Johann Bernoulli
. This
man will have a very big impact on Euler in his later years. Euler went to school in the town he
was born in, Basel.
While he was attended school he was sent to live with his grandmother. This
is where he spent most of his younger years. By the age thirteen Euler was ready to go to college,
he went to the University of Basel. In 1723 he received his masters in philosophy. While he was
doing this he was being tutored on Saturday afternoons by Johann Bernoulli. This is where
Bernoulli found out how great Euler was at math. Euler wanted to become a pastor like his
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