Mathematicians Of The Day

21st August

On this day in 1893, a so called International Congress of Mathematicians opened at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was the precursor of the later ICMs. See THIS LINK.

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Quotation of the day

From Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
The pursuit of science has often been compared to the scaling of mountains, high and not so high. But who amongst us can hope, even in imagination, to scale the Everest and reach its summit when the sky is blue and the air is still, and in the stillness of the air survey the entire Himalayan range in the dazzling white of the snow stretching to infinity? None of us can hope for a comparable vision of nature and of the universe around us. But there is nothing mean or lowly in standing in the valley below and awaiting the sun to rise over Kinchinjunga.