Mathematicians Of The Day

26th July

On this day in 1609, Thomas Harriot made the earliest telescopic observation in England. He sketched the Moon, which was at that time 5 days old, viewing it through a telescope with a magnification of 6.

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Quotation of the day

From Henri Lebesgue
In my opinion, a mathematician, in so far as he is a mathematician, need not preoccupy himself with philosophy -- an opinion, moreover, which has been expressed by many philosophers.
quoted in E T Bell Men of Mathematics