Mathematicians Of The Day

19th May

On this day in 1782, Whit Sunday, William Herschel made his last professional musical appearance at St Margaret's Chapel, Bath. He had been offered a pension of £200 a year by King George III and so no longer needed to work as a musician.

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Quotation of the day

From Francis Maseres
Negative numbers darken the very whole doctrines of the equations and make dark of the things which are in their nature excessively obvious and simple.