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 G H Hardy
There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.
A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).