Mathematicians Of The Day

12th January

On this day in 1820, the Astronomical Society (it only became the "Royal Astronomical Society" somewhat later) was founded, when fourteen founder members, including Babbage and Herschel, met for dinner at the Freemason's Tavern, in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.

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Quotation of the day

From Pierre Fermat
Whenever two unknown magnitudes appear in a final equation, we have a locus, the extremity of one of the unknown magnitudes describing a straight line or a curve.
Introduction to Plane and Solid Loci