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Georg Cantor
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    (March 3, 1845-January 6, 1918)
    Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    Pioneer of set theory
    Demonstrated that there are different 'sizes' of infinity
    Demonstrated that the real numbers are uncountable (they do not have a one-to-one correspondence with the integers)
    Namesake for the Cantor cube, Cantor space, Cantor function, Cantor's paradox and Heine-Cantor theorem
    He suffered bouts of depression.
    He treated criticism of his work as a personal attack.
    He believed that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays.
    He claimed that his theories about transfinite numbers had been communicated directly to him by God.
    Henri Poincaire called his ideas 'a grave disease' infecting mathematics.
    He was a talented violinist.
    When the journal 'Acta Mathematica' rejected one of his papers as being a hundred years ahead of its time, he quipped to a friend, 'Had [editor Gosta] Mittag-Leffler had his way, I should have to wait to the year 1984, which to me seemed to great a demand!'
    His set theory revolutionized almost every field in mathematics.
    David Hilbert described his work as 'the finest product of mathematical genius and one of the supreme achievements of purely intellectual human activity.'

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