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Simon Stevin

Flemish scientist, mathematician and military engineer

1548   -   1620

country of citizenship: Dutch Republic, Seventeen Provinces
native language: Dutch
language of expression: Dutch
occupation: mathematician, combat engineer, military personnel, engineer, physicist, astronomer

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Simon Stevin (Dutch: [ˈsimɔn ˈsteːvɪn]; 1548–1620), sometimes called Stevinus, was a Flemish mathematician, physicist and military engineer. He made various contributions in many areas of science and engineering, both theoretical and practical. He also translated various mathematical terms into Dutch, making it one of the few European languages in which the word for mathematics, wiskunde (wis and kunde, i.e., "the knowledge of what is certain"), was not a loanword from Greek but a calque via Latin. He also replaced the word chemie, the Latin calque for chemistry, by scheikunde ("the art of separating").
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