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Ferdinand von Lindemann

1852 - 1939

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Carl Louis Ferdinand von Lindemann (12 April 1852 – 6 March 1939) was a German mathematician, noted for his proof, published in 1882, that π (pi) is a transcendental number, meaning it is not a root of any polynomial with rational coefficients. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand von Lindemann has received more than 146,880 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Ferdinand von Lindemann is the 121st most popular mathematician (down from 117th in 2019), the 762nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 667th in 2019) and the 18th most popular German Mathematician.

Ferdinand von Lindemann was a German mathematician who is most famous for proving that π is a transcendental number.

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Among mathematicians, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 121 out of 823Before him are Christopher Clavius, Hermann Weyl, Leonid Kantorovich, Émile Borel, Aloysius Lilius, and Edward Norton Lorenz. After him are Andrew Wiles, Marian Rejewski, Brook Taylor, Henri Lebesgue, Herbert A. Hauptman, and Menelaus of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1852, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 18Before him are Joseph Joffre, Charles Taze Russell, William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Alice Liddell, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, and Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant. After him are Calamity Jane, Julius Richard Petri, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Tewfik Pasha, Constantin Fehrenbach, and H. H. Asquith. Among people deceased in 1939, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 21Before him are Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, Matthias Sindelar, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Antonio Machado, Alexander Yegorov, and Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria. After him are Louis Wain, Douglas Fairbanks, Otto Rank, Anthony Fokker, Ghazi of Iraq, and Ernst Toller.

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Among people born in Germany, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 762 out of 6,142Before him are Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick (1735), Ernst Chain (1906), Maria of Yugoslavia (1900), Bettina von Arnim (1785), Paul Breitner (1951), and Anselm Kiefer (1945). After him are Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Ernst Otto Fischer (1918), Wilhelm Hauff (1802), Peter Weiss (1916), Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666), and Hugo Sperrle (1885).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 18Before him are Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Felix Klein (1849), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), and Hermann Weyl (1885). After him are Robert Aumann (1930), Johannes Trithemius (1462), Ernst Zermelo (1871), Hermann of Reichenau (1013), Maria Reiche (1903), and Constantin Carathéodory (1873).