Georg Cantor Georg Cantor (born on March 3, 1845) is a mathematician who is from Germany.He is the founder of many new perspectives in math which changed the way manypeople view math. Cantor is the founder/pioneer for set theory and heintroduced the mathematically meaningful, transfinite numbers. These viewpointsgave math a new outlet and ultimately gave another way people can do math whichmade him one of the most famous mathematicians ever.

Georg Cantor had Danish parents.His mother was quite artistic and came from a family of musicians. On the otherhand, Cantor’s father, a protestant, was a successful barterer.

Cantor’smathematical talents started to blossom age 15 while studying in privateschool. His father wanted him to become an engineer but Cantor had other plans.In 1860 Cantor graduated and was highly recognized for his excellence in math,most especially trigonometry. In 1862 Cantor hadsought his father’s permission to study mathematics at university and he wasoverjoyed when eventually his father consented.

During his time at thisuniversity, Cantor became president of a group called “Mathematical Society”. He was also part of a small group of youngmathematicians who met in a wine house weekly. Then, in 1868, he joined the Schellbach Seminarfor mathematics teachers. During this time he worked on his habilitation and,immediately after being appointed to Halle in 1869, he presented his thesis,again on number theory, and received his habilitation. While attended Halle,Cantor decided to transfer his focus from number theory and decided to focus onanalysis instead. This was because Heine,one of his senior colleagues at Halle, challenged Cantor to prove the openproblem on the uniqueness of representation of a function as a trigonometricseries. Many mathematicians attempted to do this but found it quite hard toincluding Heine himself.

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