Mathematicians Of The Day

28th June

On this day in 1884 Sofia Kovalevskaya was officially appointed extraordinary professor at Stockholm University. She became the first woman since the physicist Laura Bassi and Maria Agnesi to hold a chair at a European university.

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Quotation of the day

From Henri Lebesgue
Mathematicians have never been in full agreement on their science, though it is said to be the science of self-evident verities -- absolute, indisputable and definitive. They have always been in controversy over developing aspects of mathematics, and they have always considered their own age to be in a period of crisis.