- Category : Science-Mathematics-Statistics
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 1
German mathematician who is best known as the creator of modern set theory. He is recognized by mathematicians for having extended set theory to the concept of transfinite numbers, including the cardinal and ordinal number classes. Cantor is also known for his work on the unique representations of functions by means of trigonometric series (a generalized version of a Fourier series).
In 1856 the family moved to Germany and he continued his education in German schools, earning his doctorate from the University of Berlin in 1867.
paradoxes in elementary set theory.
He also invented the symbol today used to represent all real numbers.
Throughout the second half of his life he suffered from bouts of depression, which severely affected his ability to work and forced him to become hospitalized repeatedly. This recurrent depression would probably be diagnosed as bipolar disorder today. Indeed, one can easily see this degeneration in his publication of a verification of Goldbach's conjecture for all integers less than 1000 (a verification up to 10000 had been published decades before). He started to publish about literature, attempting to prove that Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare's works, and religion in which he developed his concept of the Absolute Infinite which he equated with God. He was impoverished during World War I and died in a mental hospital in Halle, Germany on 6 January 1918.