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# Mathematics History Trivia Quiz

### Think you know math? Maybe try some of this stuff...

A multiple-choice quiz by lordaditya. Estimated time: 5 mins.

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Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
241,059
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Difficult
Avg Score
5 / 10
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1999
Last 3 plays: Guest 50 (5/10), Math42 (10/10), Guest 82 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the title of G.H. Hardy's most famous work on his experiences as a mathematician? Hint

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Question 2 of 10
2. Who first proposed the Prime Number Theorem? Hint

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Question 3 of 10
3. Who is credited with the sequence:

1,1,2,3,5,8,13,...
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Question 4 of 10
4. Who proposed that e(i*(pi))+1=0? Hint

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Question 5 of 10
5. Who addressed at the start of the last century that there were 23 problems to be solved of great importance to mathematics and then listed those problems? Hint

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Question 6 of 10
6. Who is credited with "coming up" with the formula for partition numbers? Hint

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7. Which university did Riemann study in? Hint

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8. What is arguably the most important unsolved mathematical problem today? Hint

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Question 9 of 10
9. Who solved the Fermat's Last Theorem? Hint

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Question 10 of 10
10. Who said that every even number greater than 4 can be expressed as the sum of two distinct primes? Hint

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the title of G.H. Hardy's most famous work on his experiences as a mathematician?

'My Life As A Mathematician' is a name I made up.

'Elements' was written by Euclid.

'Disquisitiones Arithemticae' was written by Gauss.

'A Mathematician's Apology' is a famous work dating from 1940.
2. Who first proposed the Prime Number Theorem?

Gauss proposed the very famous theorem as a conjecture, but it was proven later. It is a very powerful theorem as it approximates the Riemann Zeta Function for primes. Riemann's Hypothesis is closely connected to Gauss's Theorem.
3. Who is credited with the sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,...

This is one of the most powerful sequences. The nth term is found by adding the two previous terms. The number of applications of this sequence is majestic. A periodical named The Fibonacci Quarterly has been released 4 times a year for the past so many years and still not all properties of this deceivingly simple sequence have been found!
4. Who proposed that e(i*(pi))+1=0?

Another powerful equation. So powerful that it completely revolutionalized mathematics after Euler's discovery of it in the 1700s. The concept of the imaginary number and its relationship with sinusoidal functions still amazes many!
5. Who addressed at the start of the last century that there were 23 problems to be solved of great importance to mathematics and then listed those problems?

Several problems were posed by David Hilbert. Solving any one of the 23 would immortalize your name. Sadly most have been solved.

For the geniuses doing this boring quiz: Give a go at number 8. You might find it a tad challenging! Search for his problem list on some search engine!
6. Who is credited with "coming up" with the formula for partition numbers?

Check this out:
How many ways can you partition 1 stone? 1 way, obviously!
How many ways can you partition 2 stones? 2 ways ((1,1),(2)).
How many ways can you partition 3 stones? You do the permutations.

Try finding out a formula for the nth term of the sequence. Just try, if you get it, you are Ramanujan's equal. Now that is a huge deal!
7. Which university did Riemann study in?

Bernhard Riemann was a student at the Gottingen University, which at one time was the hub for mathematical activity. It is still around (in Germany), but now Princeton has taken its place as the world leader in mathematics.

Incidentally, Gottingen once boasted a great faculty: Gauss, Hilbert, Landau, and many others were part of the Gottingen tradition!
8. What is arguably the most important unsolved mathematical problem today?

It has to be Riemann's Hypothesis!

While interest is there for Goldbach's Conjecture and the Twin Prime Problem, these are mere trifles when compared to the giant problem first proposed by Bernhard Riemann. The Fermat's Last Theorem once received a large amount of international attention, but it was solved by Wiles.

Despite Hardy's continual efforts on the problem, Riemann's initial work, Ramanujan's raw genius, Selberg's persistance, the list goes on and on ... no one has solved Riemann's Hypothesis.

Go ahead and give this beatiful theorem a try, but, beware!, you need a high level of mathematical understanding to even get the gist of the problem's significance and implications.

9. Who solved the Fermat's Last Theorem?

Yes, Wiles solved it! 1995 was the year of the proof centuries after Fermat's proud claim: "I have the most magnificent proof to this theorem, but this margin is too small to contain it!".

But Wiles had a lot of help from previous mathematicians ranging from Gauss to Taniyama (and Shimura) to even a lady named Germain. Great problem indeed. Like several other greats, it is easily worded, but not so easily solved.
10. Who said that every even number greater than 4 can be expressed as the sum of two distinct primes?