Mathematicians Of The Day

17th May

On this day in 1861James Clerk Maxwell exhibited a three-colour photograph of a tartan ribbon before the Royal Institution in London.

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Quotation of the day

From Alexis Clairaut
It appears even Sir Isaac Newton was of the opinion, that it was necessary the Earth should be more dense toward the centre, in order to be so much the flatter at the poles: and that it followed from this greater flatness, that gravity increased so much the more from the equator towards the Pole.