Mathematicians Of The Day

2nd October

On this day in 1667, Isaac Newton became a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He had earned his bachelor's degree in 1665 and then spent two years at home in Lincolnshire inventing much of differential and integral calculus while Cambridge was closed due to the plague.

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Quotation of the day

From Paul Halmos
The joy of suddenly learning a former secret and the joy of suddenly discovering a hitherto unknown truth are the same to me -- both have the flash of enlightenment, the almost incredibly enhanced vision, and the ecstasy and euphoria of released tension.
I want to be a Mathematician, (Washington 1985).