18th December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 18th December


Mathematicians born on this day:

1917 : Roger Lyndon
1922 : Rimhak Ree
1942 : Lenore Blum

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1559 : Cuthbert Tunstall
1760 : Charles Hayes
1799 : Étienne Montucla
1848 : Bernard Bolzano
1855 : Charles-François Sturm
1880 : Michel Chasles
1970 : Pao Lu Hsu
1994 : Roger Apéry
1995 : Konrad Zuse
1999 : Bertha Swirles Jeffreys
2006 : Mollie Orshansky
2007 : Samuel Karlin

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Jean Montucla Bernard Bolzano Michel Chasles


A quotation for today

Jean Montucla (1725 - 1799)

[Mathematics is] the science of the ratios of size or of number, which can have between them all things that are susceptible of augmentation or of diminution. ... Mathematics divides up naturally into two classes; the one which one calls pure and abstract; the other those which one calls mixed, or more ordinarily physico-mathematical.

Histoire des mathématiques (1799)

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