17th April

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th April

Mathematicians born on this day:

1598 : Giovanni Battista Riccioli
1656 : William Molyneux
1766 : John Leslie
1798 : Étienne Bobillier
1853 : Arthur Schönflies
1853 : Arthur Schönflies
1863 : Augustus Love
1878 : Matteo Bottasso

Mathematicians who died on this day:

485 : Proclus
1761 : Thomas Bayes
1787 : Wenceslaus Johann Gustav Karsten
1790 : Benjamin Franklin
1847 : François-Joseph Servois
1977 : Richard Brauer
2006 : Gloria Olive
2012 : Steve Rallis
2014 : Dimitrei D Stancu
2017 : Attia Ashour

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Arthur Schönflies Thomas Bayes Richard Brauer

A quotation for today

Francois Servois (1768 - 1847)

[The infinitesimals] neither have nor can have theory; in practise it is a dangerous instrument in the hands of beginners ... anticipating, for my part, the judgement of posterity, I would predict that this method will be accused one day, and rightly, of having retarded the progress of the mathematical sciences.

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

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