Mathematicians Of The Day

7th May

On this day in 1811, Babbage, Herschel and Peacock first met each other to discuss the possible formation of a society whose aim would be to encourage the study of Leibniz's analytical methods in Cambridge. The formal inaugural meeting of the Analytical Society took place very shortly afterwards.

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Quotation of the day

From Theodore von Kármán
The scientist describes what is; the engineer creates what never was.
Quoted in A L Mackay, Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (London 1994)