Mathematicians Of The Day

3rd September

Quotation of the day

From James Joseph Sylvester
Surely with as good reason as had Archimedes to have the cylinder, cone and sphere engraved on his tombstone might our distinguished countrymen [Arthur Cayley and George Salmon] leave testamentary directions for the cubic eikosiheptagram to be engraved on theirs. Spirit of the Universe! wither are we drifting, and when, where, and how is all this to end?
Proceedings of the London Math. Soc. 2 (1867) 155.