Mathematician:Peter Barlow

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Mathematician

English mathematician and physicist, famous for his New Mathematical Tables, which would be later republished and known as Barlow's Tables and become a standard reference work.

Also (disappointingly) notable for his prediction in 1811 that no prime greater than $2^{31} - 1$ would ever be discovered.

Also noted for his work on magnetism and strength of materials.

His incorrect formulation Barlow's law in 1824 appeared to demonstrate that long-distance transmission of electricity was unfeasible, and until it was disproved in 1831 belief in it held back the development of telegraphy for some years.


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