Remembering Johann Heinrich Lambert, His Achievements and Impact on AI

“I understood that the will could not be improved before the mind had been enlightened.” – Johann Heinrich Lambert.

We remember him two forty years after his death as the first mathematician to talk about a spherical earth and hyperbolic functions, the physicist who invented the first practical hygrometer, the philosopher who wrote about differentiating subjective and objective appearances and the astronomer who published his own version of the nebular hypothesis.

As Edward Teller rightly said, the science of today is the technology of tomorrow. Hyperbolic functions are widely used in the field of artificial intelligence by activation functions. To know more about activation functions, read this excellent article on Activating Neurons in Your Network by our member Sohini Mitra

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