Mathematicians Of The Day

27th September

On this day in 1822 Jean-Francoise Champollion announced his major breakthrough in deciphering the Rosetta stone in a paper to the Academy of Inscriptions and in the following month he published a complete list of signs of both hieroglyphics and demotics with their Greek equivalents.

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Quotation of the day

From William Edge
Algebra exists only for the elucidation of geometry.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)