German, Iakov

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German, Iakov

 

Born July 16, 1678, in Basel; died there July 14, 1733. The first academician-mathematician of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (1725). A Swiss by birth, he was a pupil of Jakob Bernoulli. German introduced wide applications of polar coordinates, worked out spatial analytic geometry, studied curves on a spherical surface, and was the first in Russia to study the history of mathematics.

REFERENCE

Iushkevich, A. P. Istoriia matematiki v Rossii do 1917 goda. Moscow, 1968.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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