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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Quotation of the day

From Eric Temple Bell
Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust upon him should try to get along without it for a week.