# Mathematician:Richard Wesley Hamming

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## Mathematician

American mathematician best known for his work on error-detecting codes.

Thus he started a new field of study within information theory.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: 11 Feb 1915, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Died: 7 Jan 1998 in Monterey, California, USA

## Theorems and Inventions

Definitions of concepts named for **Richard Wesley Hamming** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1942:
*Some Problems in the Boundary Value Theory of Linear Differential Equations*

- 1965:
*Logic By Machine* - 1968:
*Calculus and the Computer Revolution* - 1971:
*Introduction to Applied Numerical Analysis* - 1972:
*Computers and Society* - 1977:
*Digital Filters* - 1980:
*Coding and Information Theory* - 1980:
*The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics* - 1985:
*Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics* - 1986:
*You and Your Research* - 1991:
*The Art of Probability for Scientists and Engineers* - 1997:
*The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn*

## Notable Quotes

*The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.*

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Richard Wesley Hamming": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Hamming code**