Mathematicians Of The Day

30th April

On this day in 1807, Gauss wrote to Sophie Germain for the first time since being aware she was a woman, (She had formally written using the name Monsieur LeBlanc). In a letter with much praise, he writes:-
The scientific notes with which your letters are so richly filled have given me a thousand pleasures. I have studied them with attention and I admire the ease with which you penetrate all branches of arithmetic, and the wisdom with which you generalise and perfect.
On this day in 2016 Google released a Shannon doodle and in 2018 they released a Gauss doodle.

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Quotation of the day

From Carl Friedrich Gauss
You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length
Quoted in G Simmons Calculus Gems (New York 1992).