17th February

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th February


Mathematicians born on this day:

1723 : Tobias Mayer
1765 : James Ivory
1890 : R A Fisher
1891 : Abraham Fraenkel
1896 : Evgeny Remez
1905 : Rózsa Péter
1918 : Jacqueline Ferrand
1950 : Viktor Aleksandrovich Gorbunov

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1600 : Giordano Bruno
1874 : Adolphe Quetelet
1947 : Ettore Bortolotti
1964 : Heinrich Tietze
2017 : Magnus Wenninger

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Tobias Mayer Adolphe Quetelet Ronald Fisher


A quotation for today

Adolphe Quetelet (1796 - 1874)

The more progress physical sciences make, the more they tend to enter the domain of mathematics, which is a kind of centre to which they all converge. We may even judge the degree of perfection to which a science has arrived by the facility with which it may be submitted to calculation.

Quoted in E Mailly, Eulogy on Quetelet 1874

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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