Mathematicians Of The Day

16th August

On this day in 1966 Stephen Smale received the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Moscow for his work on dynamical systems. Ten days later on the steps of Moscow University he made a speech condemning American military activity in Vietnam and Soviet military involvement in Hungary.

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Quotation of the day

From Jacob Bernoulli
Even as the finite encloses an infinite series
And in the unlimited limits appear,
So the soul of immensity dwells in minutia
And in the narrowest limits no limit in here.
What joy to discern the minute in infinity!
The vast to perceive in the small, what divinity!
Ars Conjectandi