Bernhard Riemann Biography Essay

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Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann was born in Breselenz, a village close to Dannenberg in the Kingdom of Hanover, which is now mostly known as Federal Republic of Germany. His father, Friedrich Bernhard Riemann, was a poor Lutheran Minister in Breselenz who took part in the Napoleonic Wars and finally settled as a pastor in Quickborn. On the other hand, his mother, Charlotte Ebell, unfortunately died before her children had reached adulthood. Riemann was second among his 6 brothers and sisters, and all of them received the mainly education by his father. Since he was young, he showed extraordinary well-marked mathematical powers; his progress went by so fast in arithmetic and geometry that when they least expected he was beyond not only of his …show more content…
In 1840, he went live with his grandmother so he could study at Lyceum Middle School; his grandmother died two years after in 1842, and he attended high school at the Johanneum Lüneburg; there he studied the Bible intensively, but he could not concentrate because of mathematics. His teachers were amazed by his skilled ability to perform complicated mathematical operations, in which he often outstripped his instructor's knowledge. In 1846, at the age of 19, he started studying philology and theology in order to become a pastor, and help with his family's finances. During the spring of this year, his father got enough money to send him to study Theology at the University of Göttingen, while he was there he studied mathematics with Carl Friedrich Gauss, who recommended Riemann to give up his theological work and enter the mathematical field. After getting his father's approval, he transferred to the University of Berlin in 1847; he stayed in Berlin only two years and came back to Göttingen in 1849. Riemann received his Ph.D. degree at Göttingen with a thesis dealing with the theory of complex functions and Gaussian

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