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Mathematics Warm Ups:
Spotlight on Mathematicians

1. Which Greek mathematician calculated the value of pi between 3 1/2 and 3 10/71?

Answer: Archimedes


2. Which English mathematician who became the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics invented calculus?

Answer: Sir Isaac Newton


3. Which French mathematician is famous for his phrase, "I think, therefore I am?"

Answer: Rene Descartes


4. Which English mathematician of the nineteenth century is known for his invention of a machine which could not only perform the ordinary processes of arithmetic, but could tabulate the values of any function and print the results? (Hint: A computer software store was named after him.)

Answer: Charles Babbage


5. This Italian mathematician lived during the Middle Ages and popularized the modern decimal system of numerals. His name describes a sequence where each number is equal to the sum of the previous two numbers.

Answer: Leonardo Fibonacci



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