4th May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 4th May

Mathematicians born on this day:

1733 : Jean-Charles de Borda
1840 : Jakob Rebstein
1845 : William Clifford
1876 : Heinrich Jung
1916 : Elliott Montroll

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1615 : Adriaan van Roomen
1677 : Isaac Barrow
1768 : Charles-Étienne Camus
1859 : Joseph Gergonne
1936 : Alfred Dixon
1961 : Herbert Turnbull
1974 : Otton Nikodym
1974 : Marceli Stark

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William Clifford Isaac Barrow Herbert Turnbull

A quotation for today

Herbert Turnbull (1885 - 1961)

The usefulness of mathematics in furthering the sciences is commonly acknowledged: but outside the ranks of the experts there is little enquiry into its nature and purpose as a deliberate human activity.

Preface to The Great Mathematicians (London 1929)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

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