Simon Stevin

1548 - 1620

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Simon Stevin (Dutch: [ˈsimɔn ˈsteːvɪn]; 1548–1620), sometimes called Stevinus, was a Flemish mathematician, physicist and military engineer. 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 321,449 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Simon Stevin is the 53rd most popular mathematician (down from 47th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 32nd 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 53 out of 828Before him are Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Norbert Wiener, Sophie Germain, Brahmagupta, and Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia. After him are Philolaus, Ludolph van Ceulen, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Marin Mersenne, Karl Weierstrass, and Al-Battani.

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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, Bianca Cappello, Honda Tadakatsu, William V, Duke of Bavaria, Palma il Giovane, Sebastián Vizcaíno, and Antonio Priuli. Among people deceased in 1620, Simon Stevin ranks 1After him are Wanli Emperor, Mahfiruz Hatun, William Adams, Taichang Emperor, Stanisław Żółkiewski, Louise de Coligny, Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, and Thomas Campion.

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Among people born in Belgium, Simon Stevin ranks 39 out of 899Before him are Django Reinhardt (1910), Eddy Merckx (1945), Eleanor of Austria (1498), César Franck (1822), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), and William III of the Netherlands (1817). After him are Pepin of Herstal (635), Henry van de Velde (1863), Ursula von der Leyen (1958), Guillaume Du Fay (1397), Abraham Ortelius (1527), and Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568).


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