Mathematicians born on this day:
1512 : Gerardus Mercator |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1827 : Laplace |

Gerardus Mercator | William Oughtred | Pierre-Simon Laplace |

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

**Pierre-Simon Laplace** (1749 - 1827)

[said about Napier's logarithms:]

... by shortening the labours doubled the life of the astronomer.

Quoted in H Eves *In Mathematical Circles* (Boston 1969)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

JOC/EFR November 2014
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