Mathematicians born on this day:
1733 : Borda 
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1615 : Roomen 
William Clifford  Isaac Barrow  Herbert Turnbull 
Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty  Mathematician of the week 
Herbert Turnbull (1885  1961)
The usefulness of mathematics in furthering the sciences is commonly acknowledged: but outside the ranks of the experts there is little enquiry into its nature and purpose as a deliberate human activity.
Preface to The Great Mathematicians (London 1929)
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