Simon Stevin (1548 - 1620) MP

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Birthplace: Brugge, Oostenrijkse Habsburgse Keizerrijk
Death: Died in Leiden, South Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
Occupation: Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer, Military Tactician
Managed by: Stephen Bice
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About Simon Stevin

Simon Stevin (1548/49 – 1620) was a Flemish mathematician and military engineer. He was active in a great many areas of science and engineering, both theoretical and practical.

Stevin wrote his Arithmetic in 1594. The work contains the first general solution of the quadratic equation.

Stevin proved the intermediate value theorem for polynomials.

Stevin discovered the hydrostatic paradox, which states that the downward pressure of a liquid is independent of the shape of the vessel, and depends only on its height and base.

He also gave the measure for the pressure on any given portion of the side of a vessel.

He was the first to explain the tides using the attraction of the moon.

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Simon Stevin's Timeline

1548
1548
Brugge, Oostenrijkse Habsburgse Keizerrijk
1583
1583
- present
Age 35
University of Leiden
1612
1612
Age 64
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
1613
1613
Age 65
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
1615
April 29, 1615
Age 67
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
1616
1616
Age 68
The Hague, The Hague, South Holland, The Netherlands
1620
1620
Age 72
Leiden, South Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden
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- present
Netherlands