Mathematicians born on this day:
1577 : Paul Guldin 
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1835 : Edward Troughton 
Zygmunt Janiszewski  Vladimir Arnold  Egon Pearson 
Vladimir Arnold (1937  2010)
All mathematics is divided into three parts:
Cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like),
Hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines) and
Celestial Mechanics (financed by military and other institutions dealing with missiles, such as NASA).
The existence of mysterious relations between all these different domains is the most striking and delightful feature of mathematics (having no rational explanation).
Polymathematics: Is mathematics a single science or a set of arts? in Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives (ed. V Arnold, M Atiyah, P Lax and B Mazur), American Math. Soc., 1999, pp. 403416.
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