Mathematicians Of The Day

26th February

On this day in 1765, Nevil Maskelyne was appointed Astronomer Royal to succeed Nathaniel Bliss who had only held the post for two years.

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Quotation of the day

From François Arago
Connaître, decouvrir, communiquer -- telle est la destinée d'un savant.
To get to know, to discover, to publish -- this is the destiny of scientist.
Quoted in A L Mackay, Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (London 1994)