Mathematicians Of The Day

14th July

On this day in 1760 the Royal Society agreed to send Nevil Maskelyne to the island of St Helena to observe a transit of Venus which would take place on 6 June 1761.

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Quotation of the day

From Augustin Fresnel
Nature is not embarrassed by difficulties of analysis.
Quoted in A L Mackay, Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (London 1994)