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 $1909$.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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)