12th January

Mathematicians who were born or died on 12th January

Mathematicians born on this day:

1853 : Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro
1894 : William Arthur
1906 : Kurt Hirsch
1914 : Emilio Baiada
1915 : Herbert Robbins
1946 : Jean-Louis Loday

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1665 : Pierre Fermat
1849 : James Thomson
1909 : Hermann Minkowski
1960 : Pedro Puig Adam
1996 : Bartel van der Waerden
2004 : Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya
2018 : Jean-Louis Koszul

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Pierre de Fermat Hermann Minkowski James Thomson

A quotation for today

Pierre Fermat (1601 - 1665)

[In the margin of his copy of Diophantus's Arithmetica, Fermat wrote]
To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it.

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