Mathematicians Of The Day

4th January

On this day in 1845, Giusto Bellavitis was appointed full professor of descriptive geometry at the University of Padua following a competitive examination. He held no degrees until the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in philosophy and mathematics the following year.

On this day in 2010 Google released a Newton doodle.

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Quotation of the day

From Isaac Newton
I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from phenomena, and I frame no hypotheses; for whatever is not deduced from the phenomena is to be called a hypothesis, and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, whether of occult qualities or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy.