Mathematicians Of The Day

6th January

On this day in 1699, Newton wrote to Flamsteed, about Bernoulli's challenge of the brachistochrone problem, "I do not love to be dunned [pestered] and teased by foreigners about mathematical things."

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Quotation of the day

From Georg Cantor
My theory stands as firm as a rock; every arrow directed against it will quickly return to the archer. How do I know this? Because I have studied it from all sides for many years; because I have examined all objections which have ever been made against the infinite numbers; and above all because I have followed its roots, so to speak, to the first infallible cause of all created things.