Mathematicians Of The Day

14th June

On this day in 1822, Charles Babbage read a paper to the London Astronomical Society entitled Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables. He announced the successful completion of his Difference engine, the forerunner of our modern computers.

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Quotation of the day

From Alonzo Church
Well it was not exactly a dissertation in logic, at least not the kind of logic you would find in Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica for instance. It looked more like mathematics; no formalized language was used.