Mathematicians Of The Day

15th February

On this day in 1675, Isaac Newton wrote to Robert Hooke:-
What Descartes did was a good step ... If I have seen further it is by standing on the sholders of Giants.

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Quotation of the day

From Galileo Galilei
Take note, theologians, that in your desire to make matters of faith out of propositions relating to the fixity of sun and earth you run the risk of eventually having to condemn as heretics those who would declare the earth to stand still and the sun to change position -- eventually, I say, at such a time as it might be proved that the earth moves and the sun stands still.