Mathematicians Of The Day

18th January

On this day in 1711, James Stirling matriculated at Balliol College Oxford. His Jacobite sympathies did not allow him to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown and so ultimately he was unable to graduate.

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Quotation of the day

From Edward Titchmarsh
I met a man once who told me that far from believing in the square root of minus one, he didn't believe in minus one. This is at any rate a consistent attitude.