Leonhard Euler ( ; ; 15 April 170718 September 1783) was a Swiss

^{31} − 1 = 2147483647, 2,147,483,647 is a Mersenne prime. It may have remained the largest known prime until 1867.
Euler contributed major developments to the theory of Partition (number theory), partitions of an integer.

^{m}A, where A is the "exponent" of the genre (i.e. the sum of the exponents of 3 and 5) and 2^{m} (where "m is an indefinite number, small or large, so long as the sounds are perceptible"), expresses that the relation holds independently of the number of octaves concerned. The first genre, with A = 1, is the octave itself (or its duplicates); the second genre, 2^{m}.3, is the octave divided by the fifth (fifth + fourth, C–G–C); the third genre is 2^{m}.5, major third + minor sixth (C–E–C); the fourth is 2^{m}.3^{2}, two-fourths and a tone (C–F–B–C); the fifth is 2^{m}.3.5 (C–E–G–B–C); etc. Genres 12 (2^{m}.3^{3}.5), 13 (2^{m}.3^{2}.5^{2}) and 14 (2^{m}.3.5^{3}) are corrected versions of the Genus (music), diatonic, chromatic and enharmonic, respectively, of the Ancients. Genre 18 (2^{m}.3^{3}.5^{2}) is the "diatonico-chromatic", "used generally in all compositions", and which turns out to be identical with the system described by Johann Mattheson. Euler later envisaged the possibility of describing genres including the prime number 7.
Euler devised a specific graph, the ''Speculum musicum'', to illustrate the diatonico-chromatic genre, and discussed paths in this graph for specific intervals, recalling his interest in the Seven Bridges of Königsberg (see #Graph theory, above). The device drew renewed interest as the Tonnetz in neo-Riemannian theory (see also Lattice (music)).
Euler further used the principle of the "exponent" to propose a derivation of the ''gradus suavitatis'' (degree of suavity, of agreeableness) of intervals and chords from their prime factors – one must keep in mind that he considered just intonation, i.e. 1 and the prime numbers 3 and 5 only. Formulas have been proposed extending this system to any number of prime numbers, e.g. in the form
$$ds=\backslash sum\_i(k\_ip\_i-k\_i)+1,$$
where ''p''_{''i''} are prime numbers and ''k''_{''i''} their exponents.

''Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas maximi minimive proprietate gaudentes, sive solutio problematis isoperimetrici latissimo sensu accepti'' (1744)

Latin translation: ''a method for finding curved lines enjoying properties of maximum or minimum, or solution of isoperimetric problems in the broadest accepted sense''. * ''Euler Archive

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File:Methodus inveniendi - Leonhard Euler - 1744.jpg, The title page of Euler's ''Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas''.

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Euler's Correspondence with Frederick the Great, King of Prussia

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expresses Euler's influence on mathematics: "Read Euler, read Euler, he is the master of us all." Carl Friedrich Gauss
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remarked: "The study of Euler's works will remain the best school for the different fields of mathematics, and nothing else can replace it." Euler is also widely considered to be the most prolific; his more than 850 publications are collected in 92 ''quarto'' volumes, (including his Opera Omnia) more than anyone else in the field. He spent most of his adult life in Saint Petersburg
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, Russia
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, and in Berlin
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, then the capital of Prussia
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.
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, the letter to express the imaginary unit , and the Greek letter (capital sigma) to express summations. He gave the current definition of the constant , the base of the natural logarithm
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, now known as Euler's number
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Euler was also the first practitioner of graph theory
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(partly as a solution for the problem of the Seven Bridges of Königsberg
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). He became famous, among others, for solving the Basel Problem, after proving that the sum of the infinite series of squared integer reciprocals equaled exactly , and for discovering that the sum of the numbers of vertices and faces minus edges of a polyhedron
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equals 2, a number now commonly known as the Euler characteristic#REDIRECT Euler characteristic
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. In the field of physics, Euler reformulated Newton
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's laws of physics into new laws
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in his two-volume work ''Mechanica'' to explain the motion of rigid bodies more easily. He also made substantial contributions to the study of elastic deformations of solid objects.
Early life

Leonhard Euler was born on 15 April 1707, inBasel
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, Switzerland, to Paul III Euler, a pastor of the Reformed Church
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, and Marguerite ( Brucker), another pastor's daughter. He was the oldest of four children, having two younger sisters, Anna Maria and Maria Magdalena, and a younger brother, Johann Heinrich. Soon after the birth of Leonhard, the Euler family moved from Basel to the town of Riehen
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, Switzerland, where his father became pastor in the local church and Leonhard spent most of his childhood. Paul was a friend of the Bernoulli family
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, interested in mathematics, and took classes from Jacob Bernoulli
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. Johann Bernoulli
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, then regarded as Europe's foremost mathematician, would eventually be an important influence on young Leonhard.
Euler's formal education started in Basel, where he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother. In 1720, at only thirteen years of age, he enrolled at the University of Basel
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. In 1723, he received a Master of Philosophy with a dissertation that compared the philosophies of René Descartes
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and Isaac Newton
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. Afterwards he enrolled in the theological faculty of the University of Basel. He was receiving Saturday afternoon lessons from Johann Bernoulli, who quickly discovered Euler's talent for mathematics. It was during this time that Euler, encouraged by the results of Johann Bernoulli's tutorial, obtained his father's consent to become a mathematician instead of a pastor.
In 1726, Euler completed a dissertation on the propagation of sound with the title ''De Sono'' with which he unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a position at the University of Basel. In 1727, he entered the Paris Academy prize competition (offered annually and later biennially by the academy beginning in 1720) for the first time. The problem that year was to find the best way to place the masts on a ship. Pierre Bouguer
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, who became known as "the father of naval architecture", won and Euler took second place. Euler eventually entered this competition 15 times, winning 12 of them.
Career

Saint Petersburg

Johann Bernoulli's two sons,Daniel
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, entered into service at the Imperial Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg
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in 1725, leaving Euler with the assurance they'd recommend him to a post when one was available. On 31 July 1726, Nicolaus died of appendicitis after spending less than a year in Russia. Retrieved 2 July 2021. When Daniel assumed his brother's position in the mathematics/physics division, he recommended that the post in physiology that he had vacated be filled by his friend Euler. In November 1726 Euler eagerly accepted the offer, but delayed making the trip to Saint Petersburg while he unsuccessfully applied for a physics professorship at the University of Basel.
Euler arrived in Saint Petersburg in May 1727. He was promoted from his junior post in the medical department of the academy to a position in the mathematics department. He lodged with Daniel Bernoulli with whom he worked in close collaboration. Euler mastered Russian
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, settled into life in Saint Petersburg and took on an additional job as a medic in the Russian Navy
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.
The Academy at Saint Petersburg, established by Peter the Great
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, was intended to improve education in Russia and to close the scientific gap with Western Europe. As a result, it was made especially attractive to foreign scholars like Euler. The Academy's benefactress, Catherine I
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, who had continued the progressive policies of her late husband, died before Euler's arrival to Saint Petersburg. The Russian conservative nobility then gained power upon the ascension of the twelve-year-old . The nobility, suspicious of the academy's foreign scientists, cut funding for Euler and his colleagues and prevented the entrance of foreign and non-aristocratic students into the Gymnasium and Universities.
Conditions improved slightly after the death of Peter II in 1730 and the German-influenced Anna of Russia
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assumed. Euler swiftly rose through the ranks in the academy and was made a professor of physics in 1731. He also left the Russian Navy, refusing a promotion to a lieutenant
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. Two years later, Daniel Bernoulli, fed up with the censorship and hostility he faced at Saint Petersburg, left for Basel. Euler succeeded him as the head of the mathematics department. In January 1734, he married Katharina Gsell (1707–1773), a daughter of Georg Gsell. Frederick II has made an attempt to recruit the services of Euler for his newly established Berlin Academy in 1740, but Euler initially preferred to stay in St Petersburg. But after Emperor Anna died and Frederick II agreed to pay 1600 Ecus (the same as Euler earned in Russia) he agreed to move to Berlin. In 1741, he requested for permission to leave to Berlin, arguing he was in need for a milder climate for his eyesight. The Russian academy gave its consent and would pay him 200 Rubles per year as one of its active members.
Berlin

Concerned about the continuing turmoil in Russia, Euler left St. Petersburg in June 1741 to take up a post at the Berlin Academy, which he had been offered by Frederick the Great of Prussia. He lived for 25 years inBerlin
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, where he wrote several hundred articles. In 1748 his text on functions called the ''Introductio in analysin infinitorum
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'' was published and in 1755 a text on differential calculus
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called the ''Institutiones calculi differentialis
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'' was published. In 1755, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
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and of the French Academy of Sciences
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. Notable students of Euler in Berlin included Stepan Rumovsky
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, later considered as the first Russian astronomer. In 1748 he declined an offer from the University of Basel to succeed the recently deceased Johann Bernoulli. In 1753 he bought a house in Charlottenburg
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, in which he lived with his family and widowed mother.
Euler became the tutor for Friederike Charlotte of Brandenburg-Schwedt, the Princess of Anhalt-Dessau
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and Frederick's niece. He wrote over 200 letters to her in the early 1760s, which were later compiled into a volume entitled '' Letters of Euler on different Subjects in Natural Philosophy Addressed to a German Princess''. This work contained Euler's exposition on various subjects pertaining to physics and mathematics and offered valuable insights into Euler's personality and religious beliefs. It was translated into multiple languages, published across Europe and in the United States, and became more widely read than any of his mathematical works. The popularity of the ''Letters'' testifies to Euler's ability to communicate scientific matters effectively to a lay audience, a rare ability for a dedicated research scientist.
Despite Euler's immense contribution to the Academy's prestige and having been put forward as a candidate for its presidency by Jean le Rond d'Alembert
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named himself as its president. The Prussian king had a large circle of intellectuals in his court, and he found the mathematician unsophisticated and ill-informed on matters beyond numbers and figures. Euler was a simple, devoutly religious man who never questioned the existing social order or conventional beliefs, in many ways the polar opposite of Voltaire
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, who enjoyed a high place of prestige at Frederick's court. Euler was not a skilled debater and often made it a point to argue subjects that he knew little about, making him the frequent target of Voltaire's wit. Frederick also expressed disappointment with Euler's practical engineering abilities, stating:
Throughout his stay in Berlin, he maintained a strong connection to the Academy in St. Petersburg and also published 109 papers in Russia. He also assisted students from the Academy in St. Petersburg and at times accommodated Russian students in his house in Berlin. In 1760, with the Seven Years' War
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raging, Euler's farm in Charlottenburg was sacked by advancing Russian troops. Upon learning of this event, General Ivan Petrovich Saltykov paid compensation for the damage caused to Euler's estate, with Empress Elizabeth
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of Russia later adding a further payment of 4000 roubles—an exorbitant amount at the time. Euler decided to leave Berlin in 1766 and return to Russia.
Return to Russia

The political situation in Russia stabilized after accession to the throne, so in 1766 Euler accepted an invitation to return to the St. Petersburg Academy. His conditions were quite exorbitant—a 3000 ruble annual salary, a pension for his wife, and the promise of high-ranking appointments for his sons. At the university he was assisted by his studentAnders Johan Lexell
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. While living in St. Petersburg, a fire in 1771 destroyed his home.
Personal life

On 7 January 1734, he married Katharina Gsell (1707–1773), daughter of Georg Gsell, a painter from the Academy Gymnasium in Saint Petersburg. The young couple bought a house by theNeva River
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.
Of their thirteen children, only five survived childhood, three sons and two daughters. Their first son was Johann Albrecht Euler, whose godfather was Christian Goldbach
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.
Three years after his wife's death in 1773, Euler married her half-sister, Salome Abigail Gsell (1723–1794). This marriage lasted until his death in 1783.
His brother Johann Heinrich settled in the St. Petersburg in 1735 and was employed as a painter at the Academy.
Eyesight deterioration

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worsened throughout his mathematical career. In 1738, three years after nearly expiring from fever, he became almost blind in his right eye. Euler blamed the cartography
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he performed for the St. Petersburg Academy for his condition, but the cause of his blindness remains the subject of speculation. Euler's vision in that eye worsened throughout his stay in Germany, to the extent that Frederick referred to him as "Cyclops
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". Euler remarked on his loss of vision, stating "Now I will have fewer distractions." In 1766 a cataract
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in his left eye was discovered, and a few weeks later a failed surgical restoration rendered him almost totally blind. However, his condition appeared to have little effect on his productivity. With the aid of his scribes, Euler's productivity in many areas of study increased and in 1775 he produced, on average, one mathematical paper every week.
Death

In St. Petersburg on 18 September 1783, after a lunch with his family, Euler was discussing the newly discovered planetUranus
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and its orbit
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with Lexell when he collapsed and died from a brain hemorrhage
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. wrote a short obituary for the Russian Academy of Sciences
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and Russian mathematician Nicolas Fuss
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, one of Euler's disciples, wrote a more detailed eulogy, which he delivered at a memorial meeting. In his eulogy for the French Academy, French mathematician and philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
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, wrote:
Euler was buried next to Katharina at the Smolensk Lutheran Cemetery
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on Vasilievsky Island
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. In 1837, the Russian Academy of Sciences
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installed a new monument, replacing his overgrown grave plaque. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Euler's birth in 1957, his tomb was moved to the Lazarevskoe Cemetery
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at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery
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.
Contributions to mathematics and physics

Euler worked in almost all areas of mathematics, such asgeometry
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, infinitesimal calculus
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, trigonometry
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, algebra
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, and number theory
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, as well as continuum physics, lunar theory and other areas of physics. He is a seminal figure in the history of mathematics; if printed, his works, many of which are of fundamental interest, would occupy between 60 and 80 quarto (text), quarto volumes. Euler's name is associated with a List of topics named after Leonhard Euler, large number of topics.
Mathematical notation

Euler introduced and popularized several notational conventions through his numerous and widely circulated textbooks. Most notably, he introduced the concept of a function (mathematics), function and was the first to write ''f''(''x'') to denote the function ''f'' applied to the argument ''x''. He also introduced the modern notation for the trigonometric functions, the letter for the base of thenatural logarithm
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(now also known as Euler's number), the Greek letter Sigma, Σ for summations and the letter to denote the imaginary unit. The use of the Greek letter ''pi (letter), π'' to denote the pi, ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter was also popularized by Euler, although it originated with Welsh people, Welsh mathematician William Jones (mathematician), William Jones.
Analysis

The development ofinfinitesimal calculus
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was at the forefront of 18th-century mathematical research, and the Bernoulli family, Bernoullis—family friends of Euler—were responsible for much of the early progress in the field. Thanks to their influence, studying calculus became the major focus of Euler's work. While some of Euler's proofs are not acceptable by modern standards of mathematical rigor, mathematical rigour (in particular his reliance on the principle of the generality of algebra), his ideas led to many great advances.
Euler is well known in Mathematical analysis, analysis for his frequent use and development of power series, the expression of functions as sums of infinitely many terms, such as
$$e^x\; =\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; =\; \backslash lim\_\; \backslash left(\backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash cdots\; +\; \backslash frac\backslash right).$$
Euler's use of power series enabled him to solve the famous Basel problem in 1735 (he provided a more elaborate argument in 1741):
$$\backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; =\; \backslash lim\_\backslash left(\backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash cdots\; +\; \backslash frac\backslash right)\; =\; \backslash frac.$$
He introduced the constant
$$\backslash gamma\; =\; \backslash lim\_\; \backslash left(\; 1+\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash cdots\; +\; \backslash frac\; -\; \backslash ln(n)\; \backslash right)\; \backslash approx\; 0.5772,$$
now known as Euler's constant or the Euler–Mascheroni constant, and studied its relationship with the harmonic series (mathematics), harmonic series, the gamma function, and values of the Riemann zeta function.
Euler introduced the use of the exponential function and logarithms in analytic proofs. He discovered ways to express various logarithmic functions using power series, and he successfully defined logarithms for negative and complex numbers, thus greatly expanding the scope of mathematical applications of logarithms. He also defined the exponential function for complex numbers and discovered its relation to the trigonometric functions. For any real number (taken to be radians), Euler's formula states that the Exponential function#On the complex plane, complex exponential function satisfies
$$e^\; =\; \backslash cos\; \backslash varphi\; +\; i\backslash sin\; \backslash varphi.$$
A special case of the above formula is known as Euler's identity,
$$e^\; +1\; =\; 0$$
called "the most remarkable formula in mathematics" by Richard P. Feynman, for its single uses of the notions of addition, multiplication, exponentiation, and equality, and the single uses of the important constants 0, 1, , and .
Euler elaborated the theory of higher transcendental functions by introducing the gamma function and introduced a new method for solving quartic equations. He found a way to calculate integrals with complex limits, foreshadowing the development of modern complex analysis
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. He invented the calculus of variations and formulated the Euler–Lagrange equation for reducing optimization problems in this area to the solution of differential equations.
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. In breaking ground for this new field, Euler created the theory of Generalized hypergeometric series, hypergeometric series, q-series, hyperbolic functions, hyperbolic trigonometric functions and the analytic theory of generalized continued fraction, continued fractions. For example, he proved the infinitude of primes using the divergence of the harmonic series (mathematics), harmonic series, and he used analytic methods to gain some understanding of the way prime numbers are distributed. Euler's work in this area led to the development of the prime number theorem.
Number theory

Euler's interest in number theory can be traced to the influence ofChristian Goldbach
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, his friend in the St. Petersburg Academy. Much of Euler's early work on number theory was based on the work of Pierre de Fermat. Euler developed some of Fermat's ideas and disproved some of his conjectures, such as his conjecture that all numbers of the form $2^+1$ (Fermat numbers) are prime.
Euler linked the nature of prime distribution with ideas in analysis. He proved that Proof that the sum of the reciprocals of the primes diverges, the sum of the reciprocals of the primes diverges. In doing so, he discovered the connection between the Riemann zeta function and the prime numbers; this is known as the Proof of the Euler product formula for the Riemann zeta function, Euler product formula for the Riemann zeta function.
Euler invented the totient function φ(''n''), the number of positive integers less than or equal to the integer ''n'' that are coprime to ''n''. Using properties of this function, he generalized Fermat's little theorem to what is now known as Euler's theorem. He contributed significantly to the theory of perfect numbers, which had fascinated mathematicians since Euclid. He proved that the relationship shown between even perfect numbers and Mersenne primes earlier proved by Euclid was one-to-one, a result otherwise known as the Euclid–Euler theorem. Euler also conjectured the law of quadratic reciprocity. The concept is regarded as a fundamental theorem of number theory, and his ideas paved the way for the work of Carl Friedrich Gauss
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, particularly ''Disquisitiones Arithmeticae''. By 1772 Euler had proved that 2Graph theory

In 1735, Euler presented a solution to the problem known as theSeven Bridges of Königsberg
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. The city of Königsberg, Prussia
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was set on the Pregolya, Pregel River, and included two large islands that were connected to each other and the mainland by seven bridges. The problem is to decide whether it is possible to follow a path that crosses each bridge exactly once and returns to the starting point. It is not possible: there is no Eulerian path, Eulerian circuit. This solution is considered to be the first theorem of graph theory
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.
Euler also discovered the Planar graph#Euler's formula, formula $V\; -\; E\; +\; F\; =\; 2$ relating the number of vertices, edges and faces of a Convex polytope, convex polyhedron, and hence of a planar graph. The constant in this formula is now known as the Euler characteristic#REDIRECT Euler characteristic
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for the graph (or other mathematical object), and is related to the genus (mathematics), genus of the object. The study and generalization of this formula, specifically by Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Cauchy and Simon Antoine Jean L'Huilier, L'Huilier, is at the origin of topology
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Physics, astronomy, and engineering

Some of Euler's greatest successes were in solving real-world problems analytically, and in describing numerous applications of the Bernoulli numbers, Fourier series, Euler numbers, the constants and pi, , continued fractions and integrals. He integrated Gottfried Leibniz, Leibniz'sdifferential calculus
In mathematics
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with Newton's Method of Fluxions, and developed tools that made it easier to apply calculus to physical problems. He made great strides in improving the numerical approximation of integrals, inventing what are now known as the Euler approximations. The most notable of these approximations are Euler's method and the Euler–Maclaurin formula.
Euler helped develop the Euler–Bernoulli beam equation, which became a cornerstone of engineering. Besides successfully applying his analytic tools to problems in classical mechanics, Euler applied these techniques to celestial problems. His work in astronomy was recognized by multiple Paris Academy Prizes over the course of his career. His accomplishments include determining with great accuracy the orbits of comets and other celestial bodies, understanding the nature of comets, and calculating the solar parallax, parallax of the Sun. His calculations contributed to the development of accurate History of longitude, longitude tables.
Euler made important contributions in optics
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. He disagreed with Newton's corpuscular theory of light, which was then the prevailing theory. His 1740s papers on optics helped ensure that the wave theory of light proposed by Christiaan Huygens would become the dominant mode of thought, at least until the development of the wave-particle duality, quantum theory of light.
In fluid dynamics
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, Euler was the first to predict the phenomenon of cavitation, in 1754, long before its first observation in the late 19th century, and the Euler number (physics), Euler number used in fluid flow calculations comes from his related work on the efficiency of turbines. In 1757 he published an important set of equations for inviscid flow in fluid dynamics
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, that are now known as the Euler equations (fluid dynamics), Euler equations.
Euler is well known in structural engineering for his formula giving Euler's critical load, the critical buckling load of an ideal strut, which depends only on its length and flexural stiffness.
Logic

Euler is credited with using closed curves to illustrate syllogism, syllogistic reasoning (1768). These diagrams have become known as Euler diagrams. An Euler diagram is a diagrammatic means of representing Set (mathematics), sets and their relationships. Euler diagrams consist of simple closed curves (usually circles) in the plane that depict Set (mathematics), sets. Each Euler curve divides the plane into two regions or "zones": the interior, which symbolically represents the element (mathematics), elements of the set, and the exterior, which represents all elements that are not members of the set. The sizes or shapes of the curves are not important; the significance of the diagram is in how they overlap. The spatial relationships between the regions bounded by each curve (overlap, containment or neither) corresponds to set-theoretic relationships (intersection (set theory), intersection, subset and Disjoint sets, disjointness). Curves whose interior zones do not intersect represent disjoint sets. Two curves whose interior zones intersect represent sets that have common elements; the zone inside both curves represents the set of elements common to both sets (the intersection (set theory), intersection of the sets). A curve that is contained completely within the interior zone of another represents a subset of it. Euler diagrams (and their refinement to Venn diagrams) were incorporated as part of instruction in set theory as part of the new math movement in the 1960s. Since then, they have come into wide use as a way of visualizing combinations of characteristics.Music

One of Euler's more unusual interests was the application of mathematical ideas in music. In 1739 he wrote the ''Tentamen novae theoriae musicae'' (''Attempt at a New Theory of Music''), hoping to eventually incorporate musical theory as part of mathematics. This part of his work, however, did not receive wide attention and was once described as too mathematical for musicians and too musical for mathematicians. Even when dealing with music, Euler's approach is mainly mathematical, including for instance the introduction of binary logarithms as a way of describing numerically the subdivision of octaves into fractional parts. His writings on music are not particularly numerous (a few hundred pages, in his total production of about thirty thousand pages), but they reflect an early preoccupation and one that did not leave him throughout his life. A first point of Euler's musical theory is the definition of "genres", i.e. of possible divisions of the octave using the prime numbers 3 and 5. Euler describes 18 such genres, with the general definition 2Personal philosophy and religious beliefs

Euler opposed the concepts of Gottfried Leibniz, Leibniz's monadism and the philosophy of Christian Wolff (philosopher), Christian Wolff. Euler insisted that knowledge is founded in part on the basis of precise quantitative laws, something that monadism and Wolffian science were unable to provide. Euler's religious leanings might also have had a bearing on his dislike of the doctrine; he went so far as to label Wolff's ideas as "heathen and atheistic". Euler stayed a religious person throughout his life. Much of what is known of Euler's religious beliefs can be deduced from his ''Letters to a German Princess'' and an earlier work, ''Rettung der Göttlichen Offenbahrung gegen die Einwürfe der Freygeister'' (''Defense of the Divine Revelation against the Objections of the Freethinkers''). These works show that Euler was a devout Christian who believed the Bible to be inspired; the ''Rettung'' was primarily an argument for the Biblical inspiration, divine inspiration of scripture. There is a famous legend inspired by Euler's arguments with secular philosophers over religion, which is set during Euler's second stint at the St. Petersburg Academy. The French philosopher Denis Diderot was visiting Russia on Catherine the Great's invitation. However, the Empress was alarmed that the philosopher's arguments for atheism were influencing members of her court, and so Euler was asked to confront the Frenchman. Diderot was informed that a learned mathematician had produced a proof of the existence of God: he agreed to view the proof as it was presented in court. Euler appeared, advanced toward Diderot, and in a tone of perfect conviction announced this Non sequitur (literary device), non-sequitur: "Sir, =''x'', hence God exists—reply!" Diderot, to whom (says the story) all mathematics was gibberish, stood dumbstruck as peals of laughter erupted from the court. Embarrassed, he asked to leave Russia, a request that was graciously granted by the Empress. However amusing the anecdote may be, it is wikt:apocryphal, apocryphal, given that Diderot himself did research in mathematics. The legend was apparently first told by Dieudonné Thiébault with embellishment by Augustus De Morgan.Commemorations

Euler was featured on both the sixth and seventh series of the Swiss 10-Swiss franc, franc banknote and on numerous Swiss, German, and Russian postage stamps. In 1782 he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The asteroid 2002 Euler was named in his honour.Selected bibliography

Euler has an Contributions of Leonhard Euler to mathematics#Works, extensive bibliography. His books include: * ''Mechanica'' (1736).''Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas maximi minimive proprietate gaudentes, sive solutio problematis isoperimetrici latissimo sensu accepti'' (1744)

Latin translation: ''a method for finding curved lines enjoying properties of maximum or minimum, or solution of isoperimetric problems in the broadest accepted sense''. * ''

Introductio in analysin infinitorum
''Introductio in analysin infinitorum'' (Latin
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'' (1748). English translation: ''Introduction to Analysis of the Infinite''
* ''Institutiones calculi differentialis
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'' (1755).
* ''Vollständige Anleitung zur Algebra'' (1765).
* ''Institutiones calculi integralis'' (1768–1770).
* ''Letters to a German Princess'' (1768–1772).
* ''Dioptrica'', published in three volumes beginning in 1769.
It took until 1830 for the bulk of Euler's posthumous works to be individually published, with an additional batch of 61 unpublished works discovered by Paul Heinrich von Fuss, Euler's great-grandson and Nicolas Fuss's son, and published as a collection in 1862. After several delays in the 19th century, a definitive collection of Euler's works, entitled ''Opera Omnia Leonhard Euler, Opera Omnia'', has been published since 1911 by the Euler Commission of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Swiss Academy of Sciences. A chronological catalog of Euler's works was compiled by Swedish mathematician Gustaf Eneström and published from 1910 to 1913, and Euler's works are often cited by their number in the Eneström index, from E1 to E866. The Euler Archive was started at Dartmouth College before moving to the Mathematical Association of America and, most recently, to University of the Pacific (United States), University of the Pacific in 2017., University of the Pacific

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* *Euler Tercentenary 2007

The Euler Society

Euler's Correspondence with Frederick the Great, King of Prussia

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