Johannes Widmann

1460 - 1505

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Johannes Widmann (c. 1460 – after 1498) was a German mathematician. The + and - symbols first appeared in print in his book Mercantile Arithmetic or Behende und hüpsche Rechenung auff allen Kauffmanschafft published in Leipzig in 1489 in reference to surpluses and deficits in business problems.Born in Eger, Bohemia, Widmann attended the University of Leipzig in the 1480s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Widmann has received more than 44,206 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Johannes Widmann is the 294th most popular mathematician (up from 316th in 2019), the 239th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 235th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Johannes Widmann ranks 294 out of 823Before him are Yi Xing, William Jones, Hans Hahn, Jacopo Riccati, Alan Baker, and Julius Plücker. After him are Rudolf Lipschitz, Nicholas Mercator, Carl David Tolmé Runge, Vitello, Aristyllus, and Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro.

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Among people born in 1460, Johannes Widmann ranks 20Before him are Tilman Riemenschneider, Konstanty Ostrogski, João da Nova, Pierre de la Rue, Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and Pedro Navarro, Count of Oliveto. After him are Svante Nilsson, Johann Froben, Rodrigo de Bastidas, Georges d'Amboise, Antoine Brumel, and Catherine of Foix, Countess of Candale. Among people deceased in 1505, Johannes Widmann ranks 11Before him are Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Elizabeth of Austria, Jacob Obrecht, Gülbahar Hatun, Heinrich Kramer, and Ascanio Sforza. After him is Jean Hey.

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Among people born in Czechia, Johannes Widmann ranks 239 out of 973Before him are Karel Svoboda (1938), Hans Krása (1899), Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein (1696), Jean-Gaspard Deburau (1796), Dana Zátopková (1922), and Archduke Leopold Salvator of Austria (1863). After him are Max Dvořák (1874), Bretislav II (1100), Rudolf Serkin (1903), Jan Kodeš (1946), Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619), and Erhard Raus (1889).


Among mathematicians born in Czechia, Johannes Widmann ranks 2Before him are Leo Perutz (1882). After him are Johann Radon (1887), Olga Taussky-Todd (1906), and Eduard Čech (1893).