Mathematicians Of The Day

5th February

On this day in 1835 a ceremony to honor The Genius and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton was organized by the citizens of the Lincolnshire, his area of birth, a few years after the centennial of his death. By unanimous choice, the committee selected as the speaker, the 19 year-old George Boole.
All present were struck by the youthful age of the speaker and not a little amazed by both his knowledge of the subject and his confident lecturing style.

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Quotation of the day

From Thomas Carlyle
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are downed in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).