Mathematicians Of The Day

13th February

In the early hours of this day 1535, inspiration came to Niccolò Tartaglia and he discovered a method of solving 'squares and cubes equal to numbers'. (That is equations of the form x3+ax2=bx^3 + ax^2 = b). This allowed him to win his contest against Fior in Venice.

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Quotation of the day

From Ruggero Giuseppe Boscovich
It will be found that everything depends on the composition of the forces with which these particles of matter act upon one another: and from these forces, as a matter of fact, all phenomena of Nature take their origin.
Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis