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Henri Poincare
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Mathematician
    (April 29, 1854-July 12, 1912)
    Born as Jules Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France
    Considered as one of the great geniuses of all time
    Made significant contributions to numerous branches of mathematics, celestial mechanics, fluid mechanics, the special theory of relativity and the philosophy of science
    Acknowledged as a co-discoverer, with Albert Einstein and Hendrik Lorentz, of the special theory of relativity
    He was ambidextrous.
    He was nearsighted.
    He was French.
    He was a creature of habit, doing mathematical research for just four hours a day, between 10 am and noon and then again from 5 pm to 7 pm.
    He died at the young age of fifty-eight.
    He invented algebraic topology.
    He founded the modern qualitative theory of dynamical systems.
    He said: 'It is by logic we prove, it is by intuition that we invent. Logic, therefore, remains barren unless fertilized by intuition.'
    He predicted those like Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert - who wished to axiomatize mathematics - were doomed to failure. (Kurt Gödel later proved Poincaré correct with his famous 'Incompleteness Theorem')
    Even though much of Poincaré's work was technical, he wrote several highly readable popular pieces that tried to give the general public a flavor of the workings the mathematical mind.
    Poincaré correctly predicted sensitive dependence on initial conditions and the 'Chaos Theory.'

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