Mathematicians Of The Day

4th July

On this day in 1862, Lewis Carroll took Alice Liddell and her sisters rowing on the Isis at Oxford and told them a story which later became Alice in Wonderland.

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Quotation of the day

From P G Tait
In future times Tait will be best known for his work in the quaternion analysis. Had it not been for his expositions, developments and applications, Hamilton's invention would be today, in all probability, a mathematical curiosity; and there are those who think that, now Tait is gone, such will ere long be its fate. But I venture to think that Hamilton himself will prove the better prophet: for he wrote to Tait: "Could anything be simpler or more satisfactory? Don't you feel, as well as think, that we are on the right track, and shall be thanked hereafter? Never mind when."
Alexander Macfarlane, Peter Guthrie Tait, his life and works, 1903