Mathematicians born on this day:
1754 : Canard |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1594 : Gerardus Mercator |

L E J Brouwer | Gerardus Mercator | Paul du Bois-Reymond |

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

**L E J Brouwer** (1881 - 1966)

The subject for which I am asking your attention deals with the foundations of mathematics. To understand the development of the opposing theories existing in this field one must first gain a clear understnding of the concept "science"; for it is as a part of science that mathematics originally took its place in human thought.

*Intuitionism and formalism* (Inaugural address, 1912)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

JOC/EFR April 2015
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