János Bolyai

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János Bolyai, who was born in Klausenburg, Transylvania, Hungary1 on 15 December 1802, was educated at home by his father Wolfgang (Farkas). Wolfgang had become the professor of mathematics at the Evangelical Reformed College in Maros-Vàsérhely (now Târgu-Mures, Romania) in April 1804. The college dated back to 1557, the town was a pleasant one in the wine district, and Wolfgang showed himself to be a widely educated man. He had a picture of Gauss on the wall, alongside one of Shakespeare, and one of Schiller. He also wrote plays himself and translated several English and German works into Hungarian.2


Euclidean Geometry Trigonometric Formula Unique Parallel Euclidean Straight Line Greek Playwright 
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