David Hilbert

1862 - 1943

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Hilbert's work in geometry had the greatest influence in that area after Euclid. A systematic study of the axioms of Euclidean geometry led Hilbert to propose 21 such axioms and he analysed their significance. He made contributions in many areas of mathematics and physics.
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List of References (27 books/articles)

Some Quotations (27)

A Poster of David Hilbert

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. David Hilbert's Mathematical Problems
  2. Weyl on Hilbert and Hilbert on others
  3. Otto Blumenthal's role at the Mathematische Annalen

Honours awarded to David Hilbert
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LMS Honorary Member1901
Speaker at International Congress1928
Fellow of the Royal Society1928
DVR Honorary Member1942
Lunar featuresCrater Hilbert
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. David Joyce (A list of Hilbert's 23 problems)
  3. The text of his 1900 speech
  4. Clark Kimberling
  1. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Hilbert's programme)
  2. A radio speech by Hilbert (with a link to an MP3 file)
  3. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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