470 BC - 390 BC


Philolaus (; Ancient Greek: Φιλόλαος, Philólaos; c. 470 – c. 385 BC) was a Greek Pythagorean and pre-Socratic philosopher. He argued that at the foundation of everything is the part played by the limiting and limitless, which combine together in a harmony. He is also credited with originating the theory that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philolaus has received more than 146,861 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 56th most popular mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Philolaus ranks 56 out of 746Before him are Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Sofia Kovalevskaya, August Ferdinand Möbius, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Marin Mersenne, and Karl Weierstrass. After him are Brahmagupta, Norbert Wiener, Claude Shannon, Zhang Heng, Sophie Germain, and Hermann Minkowski.

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Among people born in 470 BC, Philolaus ranks 4Before him are Socrates, Aspasia, and Mozi. After him are Callicrates, Melissus of Samos, Hippocrates of Chios, Achilles Painter, and Teres I. Among people deceased in 390 BC, Philolaus ranks 1After him are Brennus and Conon.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Philolaus ranks 391 out of 3,282Before him are Pope Nicholas IV (1227), Dino Zoff (1942), Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (1751), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (-89), Reinhold Messner (1944), and Arturo Toscanini (1867). After him are Pope Celestine IV (1200), Pierre Cardin (1922), Pope Victor III (1027), Pope Adrian II (792), Luigi Cherubini (1760), and Cassiodorus (487).


Among mathematicians born in Italy, Philolaus ranks 9Before him are Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), Gerolamo Cardano (1501), Luca Pacioli (1445), Archytas (-428), Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718), and Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia (1499). After him are Giuseppe Peano (1858), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), Lodovico Ferrari (1522), Vincenzo Viviani (1622), Vito Volterra (1860), and Aloysius Lilius (1510).

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