Mathematicians Of The Day

24th February

On this day in 1987, a supernova in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud occurred visible to the naked eye. It was the closest observed supernova since Kepler's Supernova in 1604, which occurred in the Milky Way itself.

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Quotation of the day

From Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky
There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world.
Quoted in N Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims (Raleigh N C 1988).