Mathematicians Of The Day

2nd August

On this day in 1784, Lazare Carnot received two gold medals and a prize from the Paris Academy of Science for his Éloge de Vauban, the presentation being by the Prince of Condé.

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Quotation of the day

From Ferdinand Rudio
The whole form of mathematical thinking was created by Euler. It is only with the greatest of difficulty that one is able to follow the writings of any author preceding Euler, because it was not yet known how to let the formulas speak for themselves. This art Euler was the first to teach.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)