Mathematicians Of The Day

6th March

Quotation of the day

From William Whewell
Nobody since Newton has been able to use geometrical methods to the same extent for the like purposes; and as we read the Principia we feel as when we are in an ancient armoury where the weapons are of gigantic size; and as we look at them we marvel what manner of man he was who could use as a weapon what we can scarcely lift as a burden.
Quoted in J R Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, 1956.