Mathematicians Of The Day

16th April

On this day in 1673, Leibniz wrote to Oldenburg about series:-
I conjecture that Mr Collins himself does not speak of these summations of infinite series because he brings forward the example of the series 12,13,14,15,16,...\large\frac 1 2\normalsize, \large\frac 1 3\normalsize, \large\frac 1 4\normalsize, \large\frac 1 5\normalsize, \large\frac 1 6\normalsize, ... which if it is continued to infinity cannot be summed because the sum is not finite, like the sum of the triangular numbers, but infinite. But now I am cramped by the space of my paper.
On this day in 2009 Google released a Huygens doodle (two days late).

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Quotation of the day

From Georges Buffon
Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.