## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 14th June

On this day in 1822, Charles Babbage proposed a "difference engine" in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled

*Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables*.
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##### Born:

- 1444: Nilakantha Ⓟ
- 1736: Charles Augustin Coulomb Ⓟ
- 1796: Nikolai Dmetrievich Brashman Ⓟ
- 1856: Andrei Andreyevich Markov Ⓟ
- 1860: Frank Carey Ⓟ
- 1868: Gilbert Walker Ⓟ
- 1903: Alonzo Church Ⓟ
- 1910: Fritz John Ⓟ
- 1913: Adriaan Cornelis Zaanen Ⓟ
- 1917: Atle Selberg Ⓟ
- 1935: Louise Szmir Hay Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1746: Colin Maclaurin Ⓟ
- 1886: Jules Hoüel Ⓟ
- 1946: Federigo Enriques Ⓟ
- 1957: Theodoros Varopoulos Ⓟ
- 1969: Ottó Varga Ⓟ
- 2008: Yurii Alekseevich Mitropolskii Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Alonzo Church

The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail, and that we should look into contrary assumptions.