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.

On this day in 2013 Google released a Mihailo Petrović doodle.

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Quotation of the day

From André Weil
God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.
Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977).