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 John Tukey
Far better an approximate answer to the right question, which is often vague, than the exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise.
Ann. Math. Stat. 33 (1962)