## 2. Thomas Edison: 1847-1931

Thomas Edison was eccentric, to say the least. His career as inventor garnered the world’s attention, as he created things like the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb, and the movie camera. However, he was not that good at math and was very well aware of the fact.

Edison once said, “I can always hire a mathematician, but they can’t hire me.” After studying Isaac Newton’s *Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica ('Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy'),* he was left with nothing but a “distaste for mathematics” as a boy.

Instead of struggling, throughout his career Edison made a clear effort to hire the most talented mathematicians for his projects like German mathematician Charles Proteus Steinmetz.

## 3. E.O. Wilson: 1929 - Present

If you want to know everything about ants, then Wilson is your guy. His contributions to the world range from evolution, to biology, and even some philosophy.

Wilson’s bestsellers encompass all of these topics and also address all of his troubles with math. According to Wilson, the relatively poor Southern schools he attended in the United States did not prepare him well for the world of math.

For much of his career, he was at a disadvantage, not learning algebra until his freshman year at university, and only studying calculus as a professor, where he attended classes with some of his own undergraduate students. His story is a reminder that math can be learned at any age.

## 4. Michael Faraday: 1791-1867

You might not know that much about Michael Faraday, but you know of his inventions. Faraday would go on to invent the electric motor as well as the first electric generator. Inventions like the rubber balloon and the groundwork for refrigeration technology would also fall under Faraday’s career. He also made important contributions to the world of electromagnetism and for isolating benzene.