Mathematicians Of The Day

24th August

On this day in 1804, the first balloon ascent made for scientific purposes was by Jean-Baptiste Biot and Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac from the garden of the Conservatoire des Arts. They achieved a height of 4000 metres and measured magnetic, electrical, and chemical properties of the atmosphere at various heights.

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Quotation of the day

From William Neile
I am sorry we should want any assistance to philosophy, since the Great Turk or the like kind of Hectors can have it may be 100,000 men to besiege a town or make a conquest perchance of less importance by much than to discover the use of the air or of the commonest thing in nature.