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 Hermann Minkowski
From henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, have vanished into the merest shadows and only a kind of blend of the two exists in its own right.
Quoted in J R Newman, The World of Mathematics (New York 1956).