Mathematicians Of The Day

10th August

On this day 1851, Thomas Hirst wrote in his diary:-
On Tuesday evening at Museum, at a ball in the gardens. The night was chill, I dropped too suddenly from Differential Calculus into ladies' society, and could not give myself freely to the change. After an hour's attempt so to do, I returned, cursing the mode of life I was pursuing. Next morning I had already shaken hands, however, with Differential Calculus, and forgot the ladies ...

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Quotation of the day

From Oswald Veblen
Mathematics is one of the essential emanations of the human spirit, a thing to be valued in and for itself, like art or poetry.