Mathematicians Of The Day

2nd September

On this day in 1752, the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Britain. The following day was declared to be 14th September and there were riots by people demanding "Give us back our eleven days!"

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Quotation of the day

From William Rowan Hamilton
Who in all the world, who enjoys merely some degree of communion with the Muses, ... is there who would not choose to be the mathematician rather than the tyrant?
This is a paraphrase of something Cicero wrote in 75BC after his description of finding the tomb of Archimedes: In the context, the tyrant is Marcellus.