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David Hilbert

1862 - 1943

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David Hilbert (; German: [ˈdaːvɪt ˈhɪlbɐt]; 23 January 1862 – 14 February 1943) was a German mathematician, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Hilbert discovered and developed a broad range of fundamental ideas in many areas, including invariant theory, the calculus of variations, commutative algebra, algebraic number theory, the foundations of geometry, spectral theory of operators and its application to integral equations, mathematical physics, and the foundations of mathematics (particularly proof theory). Hilbert adopted and defended Georg Cantor's set theory and transfinite numbers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Hilbert has received more than 1,995,212 page views. His biography is available in 117 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 114 in 2019). David Hilbert is the 25th most popular mathematician (down from 23rd in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Russia (down from 43rd in 2019) and the most popular Russian Mathematician.

Hilbert is most famous for proving that the set of all real numbers is not countable.

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Among mathematicians, David Hilbert ranks 25 out of 823Before him are Henri Poincaré, Diophantus, Jean le Rond d'Alembert, Joseph Fourier, Hero of Alexandria, and Luca Pacioli. After him are Évariste Galois, Pope Sylvester II, Srinivasa Ramanujan, François Viète, John Napier, and Augustin-Louis Cauchy.

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Among people born in 1862, David Hilbert ranks 4Before him are Gustav Klimt, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Maeterlinck. After him are Philipp Lenard, Arthur Schnitzler, Gerhart Hauptmann, O. Henry, William Henry Bragg, Allvar Gullstrand, Aristide Briand, and Victoria of Baden. Among people deceased in 1943, David Hilbert ranks 3Before him are Nikola Tesla and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After him are Karl Landsteiner, Isoroku Yamamoto, Pieter Zeeman, Camille Claudel, Simone Weil, Boris III of Bulgaria, Henrik Pontoppidan, Theodor Eicke, and Yakov Dzhugashvili.

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Among people born in Russia, David Hilbert ranks 50 out of 3,262Before him are Boris Pasternak (1890), Yul Brynner (1920), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), and Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627). After him are Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1895), Vladimir the Great (958), Boris Godunov (1552), Sergey Lavrov (1950), Gustav Kirchhoff (1824), and Andrei Tarkovsky (1932).


Among mathematicians born in Russia, David Hilbert ranks 1After him are Georg Cantor (1845), Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850), Nikolai Lobachevsky (1792), Andrey Kolmogorov (1903), Alexander Friedmann (1888), Christian Goldbach (1690), Grigori Perelman (1966), Leonid Kantorovich (1912), Andrey Markov (1856), Aleksandr Lyapunov (1857), and Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909).