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
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.
H Eves Mathematical Circles Squared (Boston 1972).