## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 7th February

On this day in 1885, David Hilbert defended two propositions in a public disputation at the University of Königsberg. One of Hilbert's chosen propositions was on physics, the other on philosophy. This was the final stage of his doctorate, which was then duly awarded.

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##### Born:

- 1816: Jean Frenet
- 1862: Marius Lacombe Ⓟ
- 1863: John Morrison
- 1865: Ernesto Pascal Ⓟ
- 1877: G H Hardy Ⓟ
- 1883: Eric Temple Bell Ⓟ
- 1897: Max Newman Ⓟ
- 1901: Ugo Morin Ⓟ
- 1905: René de Possel Ⓟ
- 1909: Kosaku Yosida Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1880: Arthur Jules Morin Ⓟ
- 1901: Oscar Schlömilch Ⓟ
- 1912: Hermann Bleuler Ⓟ
- 1948: Poul Heegaard Ⓟ
- 1969: Hans Rademacher Ⓟ
- 2003: Tadeusz Boleslaw Ślebarski Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Eric Temple Bell

The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.