Mathematicians Of The Day

6th May

On this day in 1996, Volodymyr Petryshyn killed his wife Arcadia with a hammer. After making a mistake in a proof he feared that he would be ridiculed by his fellow mathematicians and while under the strain of this, he had a complete mental breakdown. He was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. He later published Development of mathematical sciences in the Ukraine in Ukrainian in 2004.

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Quotation of the day

From André Weil
Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men.