Mathematicians born on this day:
1596 : Descartes |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1624 : Lavanha |

René Descartes | Thomas Kirkman | Isaac Newton |

Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty | Mathematician of the week |

**Isaac Newton** (1643 - 1727)

I know not what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilest the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Quoted in D Brewster, *Memoirs of Newton *

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

JOC/EFR November 2014
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