Mathematicians Of The Day

25th January

On this day in 1915, Gaston Julia was injured in the face by a bullet. He wore a leather cover over his nose for the rest of his life.

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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)