Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure and change. Mathematicians use patterns to formulate new conjectures; when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back; the research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or centuries of sustained inquiry. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. Mathematics developed at a slow pace until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that has continued to the present day.
Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, medicine and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory. Mathematicians engage in pure mathematics without having any application in mind, but practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are discovered later; the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The first abstraction, shared by many animals, was that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges have something in common, namely quantity of their members; as evidenced by tallies found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count physical objects, prehistoric peoples may have recognized how to count abstract quantities, like time – days, years. Evidence for more complex mathematics does not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, for astronomy.
The most ancient mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000–1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry, it is in Babylonian mathematics that elementary arithmetic first appear in the archaeological record. The Babylonians possessed a place-value system, used a sexagesimal numeral system, still in use today for measuring angles and time. Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, the Ancient Greeks began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right with Greek mathematics. Around 300 BC, Euclid introduced the axiomatic method still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom and proof, his textbook Elements is considered the most successful and influential textbook of all time. The greatest mathematician of antiquity is held to be Archimedes of Syracuse, he developed formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of solids of revolution and used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under the arc of a parabola with the summation of an infinite series, in a manner not too dissimilar from modern calculus.
Other notable achievements of Greek mathematics are conic sections, trigonometry (Hipparchus of Nicaea, the beginnings of algebra. The Hindu–Arabic numeral system and the rules for the use of its operations, in use throughout the world today, evolved over the course of the first millennium AD in India and were transmitted to the Western world via Islamic mathematics. Other notable developments of Indian mathematics include the modern definition of sine and cosine, an early form of infinite series. During the Golden Age of Islam during the 9th and 10th centuries, mathematics saw many important innovations building on Greek mathematics; the most notable achievement of Islamic mathematics was the development of algebra. Other notable achievements of the Islamic period are advances in spherical trigonometry and the addition of the decimal point to the Arabic numeral system. Many notable mathematicians from this period were Persian, such as Al-Khwarismi, Omar Khayyam and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī. During the early modern period, mathematics began to develop at an accelerating pace in Western Europe.
The development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century revolutionized mathematics. Leonhard Euler was the most notable mathematician of the 18th century, contributing numerous theorems and discoveries; the foremost mathematician of the 19th century was the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who made numerous contributions to fields such as algebra, differential geometry, matrix theory, number theory, statistics. In the early 20th century, Kurt Gödel transformed mathematics by publishing his incompleteness theorems, which show that any axiomatic system, consistent will contain unprovable propositions. Mathematics has since been extended, there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to
Wacław Franciszek Sierpiński was a Polish mathematician. He was known for contributions to set number theory, theory of functions and topology, he published over 50 books. Three well-known fractals are named after him, as are Sierpinski numbers and the associated Sierpiński problem. Sierpiński enrolled in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Warsaw in 1899 and graduated four years later. In 1903, while still at the University of Warsaw, the Department of Mathematics and Physics offered a prize for the best essay from a student on Voronoy's contribution to number theory. Sierpiński was awarded a gold medal for his essay, thus laying the foundation for his first major mathematical contribution. Unwilling for his work to be published in Russian, he withheld it until 1907, when it was published in Samuel Dickstein's mathematical magazine'Prace Matematyczno-Fizyczne'. After his graduation in 1904, Sierpiński worked as a school teacher of mathematics and physics in Warsaw. However, when the school closed because of a strike, Sierpiński decided to go to Kraków to pursue a doctorate.
At the Jagiellonian University in Kraków he attended. He studied astronomy and philosophy, he received his doctorate and was appointed to the University of Lwów in 1908. In 1907 Sierpiński first became interested in set theory when he came across a theorem which stated that points in the plane could be specified with a single coordinate, he wrote to Tadeusz Banachiewicz. He received the one-word reply'Cantor'. Sierpiński began to study set theory and, in 1909, he gave the first lecture course devoted to the subject. Sierpiński maintained an output of research books. During the years 1908 to 1914, when he taught at the University of Lwów, he published three books in addition to many research papers; these books were The Theory of Irrational Numbers, Outline of Set Theory, The Theory of Numbers. When World War I began in 1914, Sierpiński and his family were in Russia. To avoid the persecution, common for Polish foreigners, Sierpiński spent the rest of the war years in Moscow working with Nikolai Luzin.
Together they began the study of analytic sets. In 1916, Sierpiński gave the first example of an normal number; when World War I ended in 1918, Sierpiński returned to Lwów. However shortly after taking up his appointment again in Lwów he was offered a post at the University of Warsaw, which he accepted. In 1919 he was promoted to a professor, he spent the rest of his life in Warsaw. During the Polish–Soviet War, Sierpiński helped break Soviet Russian ciphers for the Polish General Staff's cryptological agency. In 1920, Sierpiński, together with Zygmunt Janiszewski and his former student Stefan Mazurkiewicz, founded the mathematical journal Fundamenta Mathematicae. Sierpiński edited the journal. During this period, Sierpiński worked predominantly on set theory, but on point set topology and functions of a real variable. In set theory he made contributions on the continuum hypothesis, he proved that Zermelo–Fraenkel set theory together with the Generalized continuum hypothesis imply the Axiom of choice.
He worked on what is now known as the Sierpinski curve. Sierpiński continued to collaborate with Luzin on investigations of projective sets, his work on functions of a real variable includes results on functional series, differentiability of functions and Baire's classification. Sierpiński retired in 1960 as professor at the University of Warsaw, but continued until 1967 to give a seminar on the Theory of Numbers at the Polish Academy of Sciences, he continued editorial work as editor-in-chief of Acta Arithmetica, as an editorial-board member of Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo, Composito Matematica, Zentralblatt für Mathematik. Sierpiński is interred at the Powązki Cemetery in Poland. Honorary Degrees: Lwów, St. Marks of Lima, Tarta, Prague, Wrocław, Moscow. For high involvement with the development of mathematics in Poland, Sierpiński was honored with election to the Polish Academy of Learning in 1921 and that same year was made dean of the faculty at the University of Warsaw. In 1928, he became vice-chairman of the Warsaw Scientific Society, that same year was elected chairman of the Polish Mathematical Society.
He was elected to the Geographic Society of Lima, the Royal Scientific Society of Liège, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Lima, the Royal Society of Sciences of Naples, the Accademia dei Lincei of Rome, the Germany Academy of Sciences, the United States National Academy of Sciences, the Paris Academy, the Royal Dutch Academy, the Academy of Science of Brussels, the London Mathematical Society, the Romanian Academy and the Papal Academy of Sciences. In 1949 Sierpiński was awarded Poland's Scientific Prize, first degree. Sierpiński authored 50 books. W. Sierpiński. Elementary theory of numbers. Monografie Matematyczne. 42. ISBN 0-444-86662-0. Arity theorem List of Poles Menger sponge
In mathematical analysis, a measure on a set is a systematic way to assign a number to each suitable subset of that set, intuitively interpreted as its size. In this sense, a measure is a generalization of the concepts of length and volume. A important example is the Lebesgue measure on a Euclidean space, which assigns the conventional length and volume of Euclidean geometry to suitable subsets of the n-dimensional Euclidean space Rn. For instance, the Lebesgue measure of the interval in the real numbers is its length in the everyday sense of the word 1. Technically, a measure is a function that assigns a non-negative real number or +∞ to subsets of a set X, it must further be countably additive: the measure of a'large' subset that can be decomposed into a finite number of'smaller' disjoint subsets is equal to the sum of the measures of the "smaller" subsets. In general, if one wants to associate a consistent size to each subset of a given set while satisfying the other axioms of a measure, one only finds trivial examples like the counting measure.
This problem was resolved by defining measure only on a sub-collection of all subsets. This means that countable unions, countable intersections and complements of measurable subsets are measurable. Non-measurable sets in a Euclidean space, on which the Lebesgue measure cannot be defined are complicated in the sense of being badly mixed up with their complement. Indeed, their existence is a non-trivial consequence of the axiom of choice. Measure theory was developed in successive stages during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Émile Borel, Henri Lebesgue, Johann Radon, Maurice Fréchet, among others; the main applications of measures are in the foundations of the Lebesgue integral, in Andrey Kolmogorov's axiomatisation of probability theory and in ergodic theory. In integration theory, specifying a measure allows one to define integrals on spaces more general than subsets of Euclidean space. Probability theory considers measures that assign to the whole set the size 1, considers measurable subsets to be events whose probability is given by the measure.
Ergodic theory considers measures that are invariant under, or arise from, a dynamical system. Let X be a set and Σ a σ-algebra over X. A function μ from Σ to the extended real number line is called a measure if it satisfies the following properties: Non-negativity: For all E in Σ: μ ≥ 0. Null empty set: μ = 0. Countable additivity: For all countable collections i = 1 ∞ of pairwise disjoint sets in Σ: μ = ∑ k = 1 ∞ μ One may require that at least one set E has finite measure; the empty set automatically has measure zero because of countable additivity, because μ = μ = μ + μ + μ + …, which implies that μ = 0. If only the second and third conditions of the definition of measure above are met, μ takes on at most one of the values ±∞ μ is called a signed measure; the pair is called a measurable space, the members of Σ are called measurable sets. If and are two measurable spaces a function f: X → Y is called measurable if for every Y-measurable set B ∈ Σ Y, the inverse image is X-measurable – i.e.: f ∈ Σ X.
In this setup, the composition of measurable functions is measurable, making the measurable spaces and measurable functions a category, with the measurable spaces as objects and the set of measurable functions as arrows. See Measurable function#Term usage variations about another setup. A triple is called a measure space. A probability measure is a measure with total measure one – i.e. Μ = 1. A probability space is a measure space with a probability measure. For measure spaces that are topological spaces various compatibility conditions can be