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 Serge Lang
The problems of financing the universities and their intellectual freedom, threatened by political and bureaucratic interference, are problems which are invariant under the ism transformations: socialism, communism, capitalism, or any other ism or ology.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)