Top 10 mathematical innovations

By Tom Siegfried, 12:38 PM August 11, 2014

Of all the mathematical innovations since ancient times, only some are worthy of multicentenary celebrations. Certainly logarithms, celebrating their 400th anniversary this year, are among them. Ranking where logarithms rate among the rest is subjective, of course, but I’d put them 10th (they’d be higher if everybody still used slide rules, though). Here are the rest of my Top 10 mathematical innovations, which you might as well read here because David Letterman isn’t going to get to them bef...

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