David Hilbert was born on January 23, 1862, in Königsberg, Prussia. His parents were Otto Hilbert and Maria Therese Erdtmann. His father came from a legal family, while his mother’s side of the family were merchants.
They were both protestant, and were big on faith. His mother is someone who influenced him into school. David’s mother was a mathematician and astronomer. At the age of 10, Hilbert began school at Friedrichskollegium a high school for academically talented children. In his final high school year, he transferred to a specialized math and science school called Wilhelm Gymnasium.
He graduated from Wilhelm with the highest academic level in his class. Hilbert could have gone to any college in Europe that he would like to choose. David Hibert started working at The University of Königsberg. He worked there for nine years as a professor. He moved to one of the world’s top mathematics university. The University of Göttingen, where many of the best professors have taught.
Hilbert would spend the rest of his career at Göttingen. In 1900 Hilbert changed mathematics. He invented his famous 23 problems. In doing so, he had a huge effect in mathematics in the 20th century than any other mathematician. Hilbert created 23 problems he thought if they were answered correctly, would carry mathematics to a whole new level. He had a lot of success with his new 23 problems. Hilbert preposed the 23 Problems, a lot amount of work is to be done look for the answers. Hilbert was a great mathematician.
His knowledge of mathematics was broad as well as deep, and he contributed to many areas of mathematics. Perhaps his greatest mathematical work is on equations, from his finiteness theorem. He showed that there were an infinite number of equations. It is impossible to split them put them in a finite number of groups of equations.
David Hilbert retired from his professorship in 1930. His retirement years were spent living in Nazi Germany. Jewish mathematicians, many of his friends were Jewish and left from Germany and went to other countries, to hide from the Nazis. David Hilbert died at the age of 81 on February 14, 1943, in Göttingen Germany. Only 10 people attended his funeral, a sad and pitiful number for such a great and loved mathematician.
The Nazis had cleared out Göttingen’s mathematics faculty of people Hilbert had known and was sad