17th December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th December


Mathematicians born on this day:

1706 : Émilie du Châtelet
1835 : Felice Casorati
1842 : Sophus Lie
1863 : Henri Padé
1884 : Heinrich Scholz
1893 : Petre Sergescu
1900 : Mary Cartwright

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1613 : Duncan Liddel
1851 : Olinde Rodrigues
1853 : Robert Anstice
1907 : William Thomson
1912 : Spiru Haret
1940 : Alicia Boole Stott
1964 : Jurjen Koksma
1978 : Friedrich Horn
1999 : Jürgen Moser
2002 : Aleksei Vasilevich Pogorelov

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Gabrielle du Châtelet Sophus Lie William Thomson


A quotation for today

William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) (1824 - 1907)

When you measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it, but when you cannot express it in numbers your knowledge about is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.

Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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