28th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 28th August


Mathematicians born on this day:

1796 : Jules Bienaymé
1801 : Antoine Cournot
1867 : Maxime Bôcher
1883 : Jan A Schouten
1910 : Tjalling Charles Koopmans
1910 : Doris Hellman
1911 : Shizuo Kakutani
1938 : Alexander Animalu
1939 : John Kingman

Mathematicians who died on this day:


2005 : George Szekeres

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Irénée-Jules Bienaymé Maxime Bôcher Jan A Schouten


A quotation for today

Maxime Bôcher (1867 - 1918)

... there is what may perhaps be called the method of optimism which leads us either wilfully or instinctively to shut our eyes to the possibility of evil. Thus the optimist who treats a problem in algebra or analytic geometry will say, if he stops to reflect on what he is doing: "I know that I have no right to divide by zero; but there are so many other values which the expression by which I am dividing might have that I will assume that the Evil One has not thrown a zero in my denominator this time."

Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 11 1904, 134

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