2nd December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 2nd December

Mathematicians born on this day:

1754 : Nicolas-François Canard
1831 : Paul du Bois-Reymond
1865 : Niels Nielsen
1902 : Hubert Wall
1914 : Robert Dilworth

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1594 : Gerard Mercator
1873 : Karl Gräffe
1966 : L E J Brouwer
1977 : Ilya Vekua
1982 : Geoffrey Timms
1992 : Aldo Ghizzetti

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L E J Brouwer Gerardus Mercator Paul du Bois-Reymond

A quotation for today

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

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