What is Benjamin Peirce?

  • (noun): United States mathematician and astronomer remembered for his studies of Uranus and Saturn and Neptune (1809-1880).
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Benjamin Peirce

Benjamin Peirce ( /ˈpɜrs/; April 4, 1809 – October 6, 1880) was an American mathematician who taught at Harvard University for approximately 50 years. He made contributions to celestial mechanics, statistics, number theory, algebra, and the philosophy of mathematics.

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... Linear Associative Algebra, lithograph by Peirce 1872 ... notes, and an added 1875 paper by Peirce, plus notes by his son Charles Sanders Peirce, published in the American Journal of Mathematics v ...

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