Mathematicians Of The Day

25th January

Quotation of the day

From Joseph-Louis Lagrange
One day after [Laplace] had invited Lagrange to dinner, Lagrange asked: "Will it be necessary to wear the costume of a senator?" in a mocking tone, of which everyone sensed the malice, except the amphityron [=host] senator.
Quoted in A A Cournot, Souvenirs (1913)