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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 537,341 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia. John Venn is the 116th most popular philosopher (up from 185th in 2019), the 139th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 266th in 2019) and the 11th 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 116 out of 1,081Before him are Philo, Eusebius, Pyrrho, Meister Eckhart, Charles Fourier, and Gilles Deleuze. After him are Bodhidharma, Al-Tabari, George Gurdjieff, Emil Cioran, Johann Friedrich Herbart, and Antisthenes.

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

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Venn ranks 139 out of 7,765Before him are T. E. Lawrence (1888), Olav V of Norway (1903), George Boole (1815), Æthelstan (895), J. J. Thomson (1856), and William IV of the United Kingdom (1765). After him are Anthony Eden (1897), Rosalind Franklin (1920), John, King of England (1166), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Charlie Watts (1941), and George Harrison (1943).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, John Venn ranks 11Before him are Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), and Joseph Priestley (1733). After him are Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Alcuin (735), Pelagius (360), Thomas Carlyle (1795), and William Godwin (1756).