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
- Tschirnhaus Transformation, also known as Tschirnhaus Substitution
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.
- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
- 1991: David Wells: Curious and Interesting Geometry ... (previous) ... (next): A Chronological List Of Mathematicians
- 1998: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Tschirnhaus, Ehrenfried Walther von (1651-1708)
- 2008: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Tschirnhaus, Ehrenfried Walther von (1651-1708)