Mathematicians Of The Day

25th June

On this day in 1649, Christopher Wren entered Wadham College, Oxford.

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Quotation of the day

From Willard Van Quine
Just as the introduction of the irrational numbers ... is a convenient myth [which] simplifies the laws of arithmetic ... so physical objects are postulated entities which round out and simplify our account of the flux of existence... The conceptional scheme of physical objects is [likewise] a convenient myth, simpler than the literal truth and yet containing that literal truth as a scattered part.
Quoted in J Koenderink Solid Shape (Cambridge Mass. 1990).