David Hilbert: A Biography

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David Hilbert was a German mathematician whose research and study of geometry, physics, and algebra revolutionized mathematics and went on to introduce the mathematic and scientific community with a series of mathematical equations that have yet to be solved. Furthermore, his study of mathematics laid the groundwork for a variety of ongoing mathematic analyses, which continue to influence the world today. David Hilbert was born in Konigsberg, Prussia on January 23, 1862 and went on to pursue a career in mathematics in his mother country before receiving a doctorate in 1885 for his study and thesis of invariant theory (David Hilbert, n.d.). Hilbert went on to begin a professional academic career at Konigsberg, where he taught until 1895 when he was "appointed to the chair of mathematics at the University of Gottingen, a post that he would hold for the remainder of his life. Hilbert's contributions to mathematics can be divided into five major areas: invariant theory, which he studied until his transfer to Gottingen; algebraic number field theory, which he studied from approximately 1984-1899; foundations of geometry and mathematics, studied from 1899-1903; integral equations, studied from about 1904 to 1909; physics, studied from about 1912-1914; and foundations of mathematics, studied after 1918 (Kimberling, n.d.). Hilbert's proofs of Gordan's problem, which dealt with invariant theory, catapulted Hilbert into the spotlight as a first-class mathematician (Hilbert,
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