4th April

Mathematicians who were born or died on 4th April

Mathematicians born on this day:

1790 : Jean-Baptiste Bélanger
1809 : Benjamin Peirce
1842 : Édouard Lucas
1868 : Philippa Fawcett
1884 : Thomas MacRobert
1902 : Eberhard Hopf
1939 : Mary Lee Wheat Gray
1949 : Shing-Tung Yau

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1617 : John Napier
1807 : Jérôme Lalande
1923 : John Venn
1925 : Walter Rouse Ball
1949 : William Threlfall
1961 : Simion Stoilow
1981 : Carl Siegel
1991 : Hans Reichardt
2012 : Nikolai Nikolaevich Krasovskii

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John Napier Édouard Lucas Philippa Fawcett

A quotation for today

John Napier (1550 - 1617)

Seeing there is nothing that is so troublesome to mathematical practice, nor that doth more molest and hinder calculators, than the multiplications, divisions, square and cubical extractions of great numbers ... I began therefore to consider in my mind by what certain and ready art I might remove those hindrances.

Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio

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