Mathematicians Of The Day

4th September



On this day in 1749, Voltaire wrote to one of Émilie du Châtelet's friends :-
Mme du Châtelet informs you that this night, being at her desk working on Newton, she felt a little call. The little call was a daughter, who appeared in an instant. She was laid on a quarto book of geometry. The mother has gone to lie down and, if she were not asleep, she would be writing to you.
Sadly, du Châtelet died 6 days later.

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Quotation of the day

From Ernst Stueckelberg
He [Stueckelberg] did the work and walks alone toward the sunset; and, here I [Feynman] am, covered in all the glory, which rightfully should be his !
Quote by Richard Feynman