Mathematicians Of The Day

22nd June

On this day in 1633, under the threat of torture, Galileo was forced by the Inquisition to recant Copernicanism and was sentenced to life imprisonment, though the sentence was carried out somewhat sympathetically and it amounted to house arrest rather than a prison sentence.

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Quotation of the day

From Felix Klein
The greatest mathematicians, as Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss,
always united theory and applications in equal measure.