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Simon Stevin

1548 - 1620

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Simon Stevin (Dutch: [ˈsimɔn ˈsteːvɪn]; 1548–1620), sometimes called Stevinus, was a Flemish mathematician, scientist and music theorist. He made various contributions in many areas of science and engineering, both theoretical and practical. He also translated various mathematical terms into Dutch, making it one of the few European languages in which the word for mathematics, wiskunde (wis and kunde, i.e., "the knowledge of what is certain"), was not a loanword from Greek but a calque via Latin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Simon Stevin has received more than 358,545 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Simon Stevin is the 62nd most popular mathematician (down from 53rd in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 39th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Mathematician.

Simon Stevin is most famous for his contributions to mathematics, including his introduction of the decimal system and his work on the law of refraction.

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Among mathematicians, Simon Stevin ranks 62 out of 823Before him are Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani, Abraham de Moivre, Brahmagupta, Al-Battani, Marin Mersenne, and August Ferdinand Möbius. After him are Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, Alfred North Whitehead, Ludolph van Ceulen, Hermann Minkowski, Jacob Bernoulli, and Benoit Mandelbrot.

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Among people born in 1548, Simon Stevin ranks 2Before him is Giordano Bruno. After him are Tomás Luis de Victoria, Francisco Suárez, Vincenzo Scamozzi, Karel van Mander, Honda Tadakatsu, William V, Duke of Bavaria, Bianca Cappello, Fatma Sultan, Palma il Giovane, and Antonio Priuli. Among people deceased in 1620, Simon Stevin ranks 2Before him is Mahfiruz Hatun. After him are Wanli Emperor, William Adams, Taichang Emperor, Stanisław Żółkiewski, Louise de Coligny, Carlo Saraceni, Jan Sarkander, Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, and Thomas Campion.

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Among people born in Belgium, Simon Stevin ranks 48 out of 1,019Before him are Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), Abraham Ortelius (1527), Guillaume Du Fay (1397), Carlota of Mexico (1840), Adolphe Sax (1814), and Jules Bordet (1870). After him are Henry van de Velde (1863), Samo (600), Marguerite Yourcenar (1903), Henri La Fontaine (1854), Jan Baptist van Helmont (1580), and Isabella of Austria (1501).


Among mathematicians born in Belgium, Simon Stevin ranks 1After him are Victor D'Hondt (1841), Eugène Charles Catalan (1814), Pierre Deligne (1944), Jacques Tits (1930), Adriaan van Roomen (1561), Pierre François Verhulst (1804), Grégoire de Saint-Vincent (1584), Charles Jean de la Vallée Poussin (1866), David Ruelle (1935), Elias M. Stein (1931), and Jean Bourgain (1954).