Mathematician:David Hilbert

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One of the most influential mathematicians in the late $19$th and early $20$th century.

Most famous for the Hilbert $23$, a list he delivered in $1900$ of $23$ problems which were at the time still unsolved.




  • Born: 23 Jan 1862, Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia)
  • Died: 14 Feb 1943, Göttingen, Germany

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for David Hilbert can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for David Hilbert can be found here.


  • 1893: Über die Transcendenz der Zahlen e und pi (Math. Ann. Vol. 43: pp. 216 – 219)
  • 1894: Ein Beitrag zur Theorie des Legendreschen Polynoms (in which the Hilbert Matrix was introduced)
  • 1902: Mathematical Problems (Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. Vol. 8, no. 10: pp. 437 – 479) (in which the definition of Hilbert 23 is presented)
(translated by Mary Winston Newson from "Mathematische Probleme")

Work in progress.

Notable Quotes

The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man. (1921)
-- Quoted in 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics: They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say

Aus dem Paradies, das Cantor uns geschaffen, soll uns niemand vertrieben können.
(No one can chase us out of the paradise that Cantor has created for us.)
-- Quoted:
in preface to 1999: András Hajnal and Peter Hamburger: Set Theory
in introduction to 1996: Winfried Just and Martin Weese: Discovering Modern Set Theory. I: The Basics