9th February

Mathematicians who were born or died on 9th February


Mathematicians born on this day:

1775 : Farkas Bolyai
1880 : Lipót Fejér
1907 : Donald Coxeter
1908 : Alexander Dinghas
1927 : Masayoshi Nagata

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1811 : Nevil Maskelyne
1883 : Henry Smith
1937 : Francis Macaulay
1970 : Leo Moser
1988 : Yitz Herstein
2003 : Gündüz Ikeda
2005 : Rimhak Ree

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Lipót Fejér Donald Coxeter Henry Smith


A quotation for today

Farkas Bolyai (1775 - 1856)

[To son János:]
For God's sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passion, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.
[Bolyai's father urging him to give up work on non-Euclidian geometry.]

Quoted in P Davis and R Hersh The Mathematical Experience (Boston 1981)

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