31st March

Mathematicians who were born or died on 31st March

Mathematicians born on this day:

1596 : René Descartes
1730 : Étienne Bézout
1795 : Louis Richard
1800 : Stephen de Gurbs
1806 : Thomas Kirkman
1848 : Diederik Korteweg
1884 : Nicolae Abramescu
1917 : Beno Eckmann
1920 : Frank Bonsall
1921 : Martin Löb

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1624 : João Baptista Lavanha
1727 : Isaac Newton
1877 : Antoine Cournot
1920 : Paul Bachmann
1964 : William Gentle
1971 : William Youden
1997 : Lyman Spitzer
2001 : Geoffrey Walker
2003 : Donald Coxeter

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René Descartes Thomas Kirkman Isaac Newton

A quotation for today

Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727)

I know not what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell, whilest the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Quoted in D Brewster, Memoirs of Newton

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