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Which mathematician published more total pages of mathematics during his lifetime than any other mathematician in history?

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Answer: Leonhard Euler.
Swiss-born Euler is held to be one of the greatest mathematicians in history. He made pioneering contributions to several branches of mathematics and introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation.

Hard

What Erdős number does Pierre-Simon Laplace have?

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Answer: Pierre-Simon Laplace has an Erdős number of at most 14!
According to "The Erdös number project" a path to Laplace was found by Leonid Yanushevich giving the famous mathematician an Erdös number of at most 14.

Easy

What is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors (excluding the number itself) called?

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Answer: A perfect number.
You might also think of a perfect number as a number that is half the sum of all of its positive divisors, including itself! This definition is at least 2300 years old as it appears in Euclid's "Elements".



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