Mathematicians Of The Day

26th April

On this day in 1892, Hermite wrote to Stieltjes: -
You state this result and then try to mortify me by saying that it is easy to prove. Since I can't succeed in doing it I appeal to your good nature to help me out of this difficulty.

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Quotation of the day

From Ludwig Wittgenstein
Mathematics is a logical method ... Mathematical propositions express no thoughts. In life it is never a mathematical proposition which we need, but we use mathematical propositions only in order to infer from propositions which do not belong to mathematics to others which equally do not belong to mathematics.
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus, (New York 1922).