26th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 26th August

Mathematicians born on this day:

1728 : Johann Heinrich Lambert
1875 : Giuseppe Vitali
1899 : Wolfgang Krull
1918 : Katherine Johnson
1920 : Richard Bellman
1921 : Shimshon Amitsur
1924 : Elena Moldovan Popoviciu
1951 : Edward Witten

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1349 : Thomas Bradwardine
1572 : Peter Ramus
1865 : Johann Franz Encke
1961 : Howard Percy Robertson
1962 : David Kennedy Fraser
1973 : James Paton
1977 : Robert Schatten
1992 : Daniel Gorenstein
2001 : Béla Gyires

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Johann Lambert Wolfgang Krull Peter Ramus

A quotation for today

Johann H Lambert (1728 - 1777)

Proofs of the Euclidean [parallel] postulate can be developed to such an extent that apparently a mere trifle remains. But a careful analysis shows that in this seeming trifle lies the crux of the matter; usually it contains either the proposition that is being proved or a postulate equivalent to it.

Quoted in C B Boyer, A History of Mathematics (New York 1968)

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