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 132,021 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Ferdinand von Lindemann is the 117th most popular mathematician (down from 113th in 2019), the 667th most popular biography from Germany (down from 597th in 2019) and the 17th 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 117 out of 828Before him are Girard Desargues, John Wallis, Leonid Kantorovich, Charles Hermite, Brook Taylor, and John Horton Conway. After him are Robert Grosseteste, Hermann Weyl, Émile Borel, Alexis Clairaut, Giambattista della Porta, and Theon of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1852, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 16Before him are Francisco Tárrega, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Joseph Joffre, Charles Taze Russell, Alice Liddell, and William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. After him are Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Julius Richard Petri, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, Calamity Jane, and Constantin Fehrenbach. Among people deceased in 1939, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 18Before him are Douglas Fairbanks, Edward Sapir, Karl Radek, Philipp Scheidemann, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and Matthias Sindelar. After him are Anthony Fokker, Antonio Machado, Alexander Yegorov, Prince Valdemar of Denmark, Otto Rank, and Ghazi of Iraq.

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Among people born in Germany, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 667 out of 5,289Before him are Theodor Morell (1886), Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780), Hugo Ball (1886), George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595), John George I, Elector of Saxony (1585), and Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860). After him are Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria (1801), Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805), Maria Anna of Bavaria (1805), Felix Wankel (1902), Wilhelm Hauff (1802), and August Horch (1868).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Ferdinand von Lindemann ranks 17Before him are Richard Dedekind (1831), Regiomontanus (1436), Felix Klein (1849), Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), and Christopher Clavius (1538). After him are Hermann Weyl (1885), Johannes Trithemius (1462), Robert Aumann (1930), Hermann of Reichenau (1013), Ernst Zermelo (1871), and Constantin Carathéodory (1873).