Mathematicians Of The Day

30th May

On this day in 1832, Évariste Galois fought a duel with Perscheux d'Herbinville, the reason for the duel not being clear. He was wounded in the duel and was abandoned by d'Herbinville and his own seconds and found by a peasant. He died the following day and his funeral was held on 2 June. It was the focus for a Republican rally and riots followed which lasted for several days.

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Quotation of the day

From Georg Peurbach
Sol habet tres orbes
The sun has three orbs
From Theoricae Novae Planetarum (1454)