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
Eadem mutata resurgo

Although changed, I will rise again the same
Inscribed on his tomb in the Münster, Basel, with what was supposed to be an equiangular spiral, in imitation of Archimedes.