5th March

Mathematicians who were born or died on 5th March


Mathematicians born on this day:

1512 : Gerard Mercator
1574 : William Oughtred
1625 : John Collins
1779 : Benjamin Gompertz
1817 : Angelo Genocchi
1872 : Gustave Dumas
1880 : Sergei Bernstein
1885 : Pauline Sperry
1887 : Otto Haupt
1915 : Laurent Schwartz
1917 : István Fenyő
1924 : Ottó Steinfeld
1931 : Vera Pless
1960 : 'Mamphono Khaketla

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1827 : Pierre-Simon Laplace
1875 : Claude-Louis Mathieu
1925 : Johan Ludwig Jensen
1927 : Franz Mertens
1930 : Christine Ladd-Franklin
1954 : Julian Coolidge
1990 : Edgar Raymond Lorch
2013 : James Clunie

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Gerardus Mercator William Oughtred Pierre-Simon Laplace


A quotation for today

Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749 - 1827)

[said about Napier's logarithms:]
... by shortening the labours doubled the life of the astronomer.

Quoted in H Eves In Mathematical Circles (Boston 1969)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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