13th May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 13th May

Mathematicians born on this day:

1750 : Lorenzo Mascheroni
1753 : Lazare Carnot
1899 : Pelageia Polubarinova Kochina
1938 : Detlef Gromoll

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1826 : Christian Kramp
1866 : Nikolai Dmetrievich Brashman
1868 : Jean-Baptiste Brasseur
1915 : Morgan Crofton
1919 : Eugen Netto
1939 : Stanisław Leśniewski
1944 : William Berwick
1957 : Michael Fekete
1965 : Thomas Arnold Brown
1984 : Stan Ulam
2001 : Donald Eperson
2005 : George Dantzig

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Lorenzo Mascheroni Lazare Carnot Stan Ulam

A quotation for today

Lazare Carnot (1753 - 1823)

... the sciences are like a beautiful river, of which the course is easy to follow, when it has acquired a certain regularity; but if one wants to go back to the source, one will find it nowhere, because it is everywhere; it is spread so much [as to be] aver all the surface of the earth; it is the same if one wants to go back to the origin of the sciences, one will find only obscurity, vague ideas, vicious circles; and one loses oneself in the primitive ideas.

Essai sur les machines en général (1783)

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University of St Andrews, Scotland