Mathematicians Of The Day

18th February

02-18, On this day in 1930, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. Tombaugh wrote:-
... I suddenly came upon the images of Pluto! The experience was an intense thrill, because the nature of the object was apparent at first sight.

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Quotation of the day

From Carl Jacobi
It is true that Fourier had the opinion that the principal aim of mathematics was public utility and explanation of natural phenomena; but a philosopher like him should have known that the sole end of science is the honor of the human mind, and that under this title a question about numbers is worth as much as a question about the system of the world.
Quoted in N Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims (Raleigh N C 1988).