# Mathematician:John Venn

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## Mathematician

British mathematician, also an ordained priest, who was active particularly in the fields of probability, statistics, set theory and logic.

Best known for his invention of the Venn diagram.

Later in his career he turned his attention to history.

Invented a machine for bowling cricket balls, which, by all accounts, was good enough to give the visiting Australian cricket team serious trouble when they visited in $1909$.

## Nationality

British

## History

- Born: 4 August 1834 in Hull, Yorkshire, England
- Died: 4 April 1923 in Cambridge, England

## Theorems and Definitions

- The Venn Diagram

Definitions of concepts named for **John Venn** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1866:
*Logic of Chance*(the first dissertation on the frequency theory of probability) - 1881:
*Symbolic Logic*(in which the Venn diagram first appeared) - 1889:
*The Principles of Empirical Logic* - 1897:
*The Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College 1349-1897* - 1904:
*The annals of a clerical family* - 1907:
*Early Collegiate Life* - 1922:
*Alumni Cantabrigienses, Volume 1*(History of Cambridge University)

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Venn, John**(1834-1923) - 2008: David Joyner:
*Adventures in Group Theory*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $1$: Elementary, my dear Watson: $\S 1.2$: Elements, my dear Watson - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Venn, John**(1834-1923) - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Venn, John**(1834-1923)