Mathematicians Of The Day

21st May

On this day in 1683, the Duke of York (later James II) opened the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford: the first public museum in Britain. The building now houses the Museum of the History of Science.

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Quotation of the day

From Albrecht Dürer
But when great and ingenious artists behold their so inept performances, not undeservedly do they ridicule the blindness of such men; since sane judgment abhors nothing so much as a picture perpetrated with no technical knowledge, although with plenty of care and diligence. Now the sole reason why painters of this sort are not aware of their own error is that they have not learnt Geometry, without which no one can either be or become an absolute artist; but the blame for this should be laid upon their masters, who are themselves ignorant of this art.
The Art of Measurement. 1525.