Mathematicians Of The Day

19th June

On this day in 325, the Council of Nicaea opened. It decided the rules for computing the date of Easter: The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox.

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Quotation of the day

From Blaise Pascal
Those who are accustomed to judge by feeling do not understand the process of reasoning, because they want to comprehend at a glance and are not used to seeking for first principles. Those, on the other hand, who are accustomed to reason from first principles do not understand matters of feeling at all, because they look for first principles and are unable to comprehend at a glance.
Quoted in W H Auden and L Kronenberger, The Viking Book of Aphorisms (New York 1966).