Mathematicians Of The Day

8th January

On this day in 1816 Sophie Germain became the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences.

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Quotation of the day

From Galileo Galilei
The laws of Nature are written in the language of mathematics ... the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word.
Quoted in M Kline, Mathematical thought from ancient to modern times