4th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 4th August

Mathematicians born on this day:

1805 : William Rowan Hamilton
1834 : John Venn
1843 : Mauritz Dahlin
1893 : Francis Murnaghan
1909 : Saunders Mac Lane
1912 : Aleksandr Aleksandrov
1939 : Brian Sleeman

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1812 : Georg Klügel
1874 : Otto Hesse
1906 : Joseph Tilly
1920 : Karl Rohn
1945 : Gerhard Gentzen
1967 : Archibald Macintyre
2009 : James Wiegold

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William Rowan Hamilton Otto Hesse Gerhard Gentzen

A quotation for today

William Rowan Hamilton (1805 - 1865)

I regard it as an inelegance, or imperfection, in quaternions, or rather in the state to which it has been hitherto unfolded, whenever it becomes or seems to become necessary to have recourse to x, y, z, etc...

Quoted in a letter from Tait to Cayley.

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