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In the last Math Madness blog post, we released the winners of the Elite 8 matchups. Then we were down to the Final Four: Newton was up against Gauss, and Euler had to face Riemann. We set up a poll on Friday night and our voters decided: Newton won his match, and Euler his. So we entered the championship last night.
So the two mathematical giants faced off, and we set up a new poll on Monday night to ask our voters to help us decide the winner, the most significant mathematician of all time, and the result is...
The math community has spoken, giving the Swiss mathematician nearly 2/3s of the total votes. And our math intern Tori is happy with the result- she thinks Euler's contributions to mathematical notation are too important to overlook.
Newton was much more than just a mathematician. Perhaps if he had worked exclusively in mathematics, he would have made even more significant works. Now, that's not to say we wish Newton had only worked on math- could you imagine a physics class without Newton's Laws?
So Euler defeated (in mathematics) the man who, according to Wolfram Science World, "singlehandedly contributed more to the development of science than any other individual in history." And we think that's pretty impressive.
Do you have any final thoughts about Math Madness? Was there any particular upset that upset you? Are you happy to see Euler on the champion's podium? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!