John Venn

1834 - 1923

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John Venn, FRS, FSA (4 August 1834 – 4 April 1923) was an English mathematician, logician and philosopher noted for introducing Venn diagrams, which are used in logic, set theory, probability, statistics, and computer science. In 1866, Venn published The Logic of Chance, a groundbreaking book which espoused the frequency theory of probability, arguing that probability should be determined by how often something is forecast to occur as opposed to "educated" assumptions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Venn has received more than 623,477 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). John Venn is the 123rd most popular philosopher (down from 113th in 2019), the 152nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 139th in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Philosopher.

John Venn is most famous for his diagrams of logical relationships between sets, which are called Venn diagrams.

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Among philosophers, John Venn ranks 123 out of 1,267Before him are Johann Friedrich Herbart, Simone Weil, Chanakya, Tommaso Campanella, Mozi, and Charles Fourier. After him are Ramon Llull, Bonaventure, Philo, Joseph Priestley, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Ernst Cassirer.

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Among people born in 1834, John Venn ranks 5Before him are Dmitri Mendeleev, Edgar Degas, Gottlieb Daimler, and Ernst Haeckel. After him are Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, William Morris, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, Léon Walras, August Weismann, Amilcare Ponchielli, and Jan Neruda. Among people deceased in 1923, John Venn ranks 6Before him are Wilhelm Röntgen, Gustave Eiffel, Sarah Bernhardt, Vilfredo Pareto, and Johannes Diderik van der Waals. After him are Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Jaroslav Hašek, Constantine I of Greece, Pancho Villa, Warren G. Harding, and Joaquín Sorolla.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Venn ranks 152 out of 8,785Before him are Jane Birkin (1946), Æthelstan (895), Anna Wintour (1949), Rowan Atkinson (1955), Helen Mirren (1945), and Henry Purcell (1659). After him are Tim Berners-Lee (1955), John, King of England (1166), James VI and I (1566), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Joseph Priestley (1733), and Catherine Parr (1512).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, John Venn ranks 10Before him are David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), and William of Ockham (1285). After him are Joseph Priestley (1733), Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Pelagius (360), William Godwin (1756), and G. E. Moore (1873).