17th April

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th April


Mathematicians born on this day:

1598 : Riccioli
1656 : William Molyneux
1766 : Leslie
1798 : Bobillier
1853 : Schönflies
1853 : Schonflies
1863 : Love
1878 : Bottasso

Mathematicians who died on this day:

485 : Proclus
1761 : Bayes
1787 : Karsten
1790 : Benjamin Franklin
1847 : Servois
1977 : Brauer
2006 : Olive

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Arthur Schönflies Thomas Bayes Richard Brauer


Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty
A quotation for today

Francois Servois (1768 - 1847)

[The infinitesimals] neither have nor can have theory; in practise it is a dangerous instrument in the hands of beginners ... anticipating, for my part, the judgement of posterity, I would predict that this method will be accused one day, and rightly, of having retarded the progress of the mathematical sciences.

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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JOC/EFR January 2013

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