Leonhard Euler And The Seven Bridges Of Konigsburg

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Leonhard Euler and the Seven Bridges of Konigsburg: Brief Biography of Leonhard Euler Leonhard Euler was born on April 15, 1707 in Basel, Switzerland. In his early school years he attended a poor school and was not exposed to mathematics. His father, Paul Euler, taught him mathematics. Paul wanted his son to pursue a career in divinity and sent him to the University of Basel in 1720 at age 14. It was at university where Euler’s potential in mathematics was discovered. In 1723 Euler finished his Master’s Degree in philosophy and began to study theology the following fall. Euler’s heart was not in it theology and he was able to persuade his father to let him switch to mathematics. In 1726 he finished his studies at the University of Basel. In 1727, Euler published several essays and won 2nd prize from the Paris Academy on the best arrangement for masts on a ship. In the spring of 1727, he moved to St. Petersburg, Russia to teach applications of mathematics and mechanics of physiology. He became a professor of physics at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences in 1730 and by 1733 earned the senior chair in mathematics. As senior chair, he made more money and was able to marry Katharina Gsell in January of 1734. They had 13 children, though only 5 survived infancy. Euler claimed that his greatest mathematical discoveries were made while he had a baby in his arms and children playing at his feet. A severe fever almost took Euler’s life in 1735. It was at this point when his eyesight began to fail. He was known to be an altruistic person. When he won the Grand Prize of the Paris Academy in 1738 and 1740 he shared his prizes with others. In 1741 Euler left St. Petersburg for Berlin and spent the next 25 years at the Berlin Academy. He wrote around 380 articles. He would not have been so productive if it were not for the help of his sons. He

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