Mathematicians Of The Day

2nd May

On this day in 1736, an expedition set out from Dunkirk to travel to Lapland to measure the length of a degree along the meridian. It was headed by Maupertuis and included the scientists Clairaut and Camus.

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Quotation of the day

From Leonardo da Vinci
The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.
Quoted in E MacCurdy The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (London 1938).