Mathematician:Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus

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German mathematician more famous for inventing a brand of porcelain.

Worked on techniques in algebra, and also investigated catacaustic curves.

Published what he thought was a solution to the quintic equation in $1683$, but Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz pointed out that it was fallacious.

Became a participant in the priority dispute between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz over the discovery (or invention) of calculus.




  • Born: 10 April 1651, Kieslingswalde (near Görlitz), Electorate of Saxony (now Sławnikowice, Poland)
  • Died: 11 Oct 1708, Dresden, Germany


Definitions of concepts named for Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus can be found here.


  • 1683: Acta Eruditorum (in which he introduces the Tschirnhaus Transformation)
  • 1686: Medicina Corporis
  • 1687: Medicina Mentis
  • 1695: Medicina mentis sive artis inveniendi praecepta generali (second edition of Medicina Corporis and Medicina Mentis)
  • 1700: Gründliche Anleitung zu nützlichen Wissenschaften

Also known as

Some sources give his surname as Tschirnhausen.