Mathematicians Of The Day

1st July

On this day in 1818, William George Horner's method of solving equations was presented to the Royal Society in London. In fact this method was known to Zhu Shijie in China in the thirteenth century.

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Quotation of the day

From Jean Dieudonné
It is indubitable that a 50-year-old mathematician knows the mathematics he learned at 20 or 30, but has only notions, often rather vague, of the mathematics of his epoch, i.e. the period of time when he is 50.