Mathematics Genealogy Project

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The Mathematics Genealogy Project ( German  mathematical genealogy project ) is a freely accessible database on the Internet with the aim of collecting as many dissertations as possible in mathematics and related areas such as theoretical physics and linking them to an academic family tree . The project was initiated in 1996 by Harry Coonce .

The names of the author and the supervisor ( doctoral supervisor ), the year, the university and the title of the dissertation are entered into this database, which is located at North Dakota State University . For older times, when the doctorate was not yet standard, other degrees are entered, or just teacher-student relationships, such as between Leonhard Euler and Joseph-Louis Lagrange . In this family tree, the relationship between the supervisor and the doctoral candidate represents the scientific relationship .

In March 2017, when the project had over 200,000 entries, it could be inferred from it, for example, that Carl Friedrich Gauß (1777–1855) now has more than 77,000 “mathematical descendants”, Luca Pacioli (1445–1517) more than 130,000. In Pacioli's line are Nikolaus Copernicus (1473–1543), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), Jakob I Bernoulli (1655–1705) and Leonhard Euler (1707–1783). Another interesting line begins with Niccolò Tartaglia , who was self-taught , and leads via Ostilio Ricci , Galileo Galilei , whose students Benedetto Castelli and Vincenzo Viviani to Isaac Barrow , Isaac Newton , Roger Cotes up to George Gabriel Stokes , James Clerk Maxwell , Arthur Cayley , John William Strutt , Ernest Rutherford , Edward Victor Appleton , Paul Langevin , Hans Geiger and Douglas Rayner Hartree . Conversely, most of today's scientists can be traced back to a few ancestors.

See also


  • Colm Mulcahy: The Mathematics Genealogy Project comes of age at twenty-one . In: Notices of the American Mathematical Society . tape 64 , no. 5 , 2017, p. 466-470 ( online [PDF; accessed August 14, 2019]).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Growth Image Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Carl Friedrich Gauß Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Luca Pacioli Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved March 29, 2017.