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 Chris Zeeman
Technical skill is mastery of complexity while creativity is mastery of simplicity.
Catastrophe Theory, 1977.