5th October

Mathematicians who were born or died on 5th October


Mathematicians born on this day:

1732 : Nevil Maskelyne
1781 : Bernard Bolzano
1861 : Thomas Heath
1898 : Philip Franklin
1930 : Reinhard Selten
1932 : Hyman Bass

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1565 : Lodovico Ferrari
1761 : Gabriele Manfredi
1777 : Johann Segner
1906 : Ludwig Boltzmann
1909 : Irving Stringham
1972 : Solomon Lefschetz
1985 : Karl Menger
1985 : Harald Cramér
1986 : Jim Wilkinson
2009 : Israil Gelfand

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Bernard Bolzano Ludwig Boltzmann Solomon Lefschetz


A quotation for today

Solomon Lefschetz (1884 - 1972)

Lefschetz valued independent thinking and originality above everything. He was, in fact, contemptuous of elegant or rigorous proofs of what he considered obvious points. He once dismissed a clever new proof of one of this theorems by saying, "Don't come to me with your pretty proofs. We don't bother with that baby stuff around here." Legend had it that he never wrote a correct proof or stated an incorrect theorem. His first comprehensive treatise on topology, a highly influential book in which he coined the term "algebraic topology," "hardly contains one completely correct proof. It was rumored that it had been written during one of Lefschetz' sabbaticals ... when his students did not have the opportunity to revise it."
Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind, 1998.

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