Mathematicians Of The Day

1st March

On this day in 1950, Klaus Fuchs was tried at the Old Bailey for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Russians. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison, but was released in 1959.

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Quotation of the day

From Peter Barlow
230(231-1) is the greatest perfect number that will ever be discovered, for, as they are merely curious without being useful, it is not likely that any person will attempt to find a number beyond it.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)