27th December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 27th December

Mathematicians born on this day:

1571 : Johannes Kepler
1851 : Adolf Weiler
1915 : Lionel Cooper
1924 : Jean Bartik

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1909 : Hugh MacColl
1930 : Gyula Farkas
1967 : Ferran Sunyer
1973 : Raymond Brink
1974 : Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock
1992 : Alfred Hoblitzelle Clifford
1995 : Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko
1996 : Mary Fasenmyer
2006 : Peter Ladislaw Hammer

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Johannes Kepler Boris Gnedenko Raymond Brink

A quotation for today

Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630) On belief in astrology:
Some of what these pamphlets [of astrological forecasts] say will turn out to be true, but most of it time and experience will expose as empty and worthless. The latter part will be forgotten [literally: written on the winds] while the former will be carefully entered in people's memories, as is usual with the crowd.

On giving astrology sounder foundations: De fundamentis astrologiae certioribus (Prague, 1602) Thesis 2, KGW 4 12

trans. J V Field, Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 31 (1984) 229 - 72.

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