## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 28th February

On this day in 1935, the opera:

*The Necklace of the Sun : A Mayan Drama*by the number theorist Derrick Norman Lehmer had its premiere at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, Oakland. It was also performed in San Francisco.
Click on Ⓟ for a poster.

##### Born:

- 1552: Jost Bürgi Ⓟ
- 1735: Alexandre-Theophile Vandermonde
- 1803: Christian Heinrich von Nagel Ⓟ
- 1859: Florian Cajori Ⓟ
- 1861: John Alison
- 1878: Pierre Fatou Ⓟ
- 1889: Hyman Levy Ⓟ
- 1894: Agnes Scott
- 1925: Louis Nirenberg Ⓟ
- 1954: Jean Bourgain Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1742: Willem 'sGravesande Ⓟ
- 1863: Jakob Kulik Ⓟ
- 1932: Guillaume Bigourdan Ⓟ
- 1956: Frigyes Riesz Ⓟ
- 1991: Wassily Hoeffding Ⓟ
- 2010: Cecilia Berdichevsky Ⓟ
- 2014: Lee Lorch Ⓟ
- 2020: Freeman Dyson Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Florian Cajori

After examining the writings of Archimedes one can well understand how, in ancient times, an "Archimedean problem" came to mean a problem too deep for ordinary minds to solve, and how an "Archimedean proof" came to be the synonym for unquestionable certainty.