Richard Dedekind

1831 - 1916

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Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind [ˈdeːdəˌkɪnt] (6 October 1831 – 12 February 1916) was a German mathematician who made important contributions to number theory, abstract algebra (particularly ring theory), and the axiomatic foundations of arithmetic. His best known contribution is the definition of real numbers through the notion of Dedekind cut. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Dedekind has received more than 499,078 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Richard Dedekind is the 70th most popular mathematician (up from 76th in 2019), the 347th most popular biography from Germany (up from 392nd in 2019) and the 11th most popular German Mathematician.

Richard Dedekind was a German mathematician who is most famous for his work in algebraic number theory. Dedekind is credited with inventing the notion of a cut in order to prove the fundamental theorem of algebra.

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Over the past year Richard Dedekind has had the most page views in the with 68,687 views, followed by Spanish (38,594), and German (13,607). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Cornish (172.44%), Hungarian (120.55%), and Malagasy (90.13%)


Among mathematicians, Richard Dedekind ranks 70 out of 1,004Before him are Urbain Le Verrier, Simon Stevin, Friedrich Bessel, Abraham de Moivre, Ludolph van Ceulen, and Giuseppe Peano. After him are Alexander Grothendieck, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Zhang Heng, Alfred North Whitehead, and Johann Heinrich Lambert.

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Among people born in 1831, Richard Dedekind ranks 9Before him are Helena Blavatsky, Sitting Bull, James A. Garfield, Emperor Kōmei, John Stith Pemberton, and Xianfeng Emperor. After him are Cheoljong of Joseon, Savitribai Phule, Leo von Caprivi, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Johann Martin Schleyer, and Eduard Suess. Among people deceased in 1916, Richard Dedekind ranks 13Before him are William Ramsay, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Élie Metchnikoff, Franz Marc, Odilon Redon, and Umberto Boccioni. After him are Henry James, Sholem Aleichem, Charles de Foucauld, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Otto of Bavaria, and Natsume Sōseki.

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Among people born in Germany, Richard Dedekind ranks 347 out of 7,253Before him are Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Katharina von Bora (1498), Valdemar I of Denmark (1131), Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), August von Mackensen (1849), and Adam Weishaupt (1748). After him are Martin Niemöller (1892), Katherine Oppenheimer (1910), Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria (1808), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Emil Kraepelin (1856), and Thomas à Kempis (1380).


Among mathematicians born in Germany, Richard Dedekind ranks 11Before him are Emmy Noether (1882), Gottlob Frege (1848), Karl Weierstrass (1815), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Friedrich Bessel (1784), and Ludolph van Ceulen (1540). After him are Alexander Grothendieck (1928), Regiomontanus (1436), Felix Klein (1849), Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804), Christopher Clavius (1538), and Hermann Weyl (1885).