Mathematicians Of The Day

10th April

On this day in 1661 Robert Hooke's first paper on capillary action was read to the "Society for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematical Experimental Learning". He showed that the narrower the tube, the higher water rose in it.
A year later the Society became the Royal Society.

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Quotation of the day

From Joseph-Louis Lagrange
I regard as quite useless the reading of large treatises of pure analysis: too large a number of methods pass at once before the eyes. It is in the works of applications that one must study them; one judges their ability there and one apprises the manner of making use of them.