Mathematicians Of The Day

5th October

On this day in 1750Maria Agnesi received a response from Pope Benedict XIV on the publication of her book, Instituzioni Analitiche. The pope sent her a gold medal, a wreath laid with precious stones and named her honorary professor at the University of Bologna.

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Quotation of the day

From Thomas Heath
One feature which will probably most impress the mathematician accustomed to the rapidity and directness secured by the generality of modern methods is the deliberation with which Archimedes approaches the solution of any one of his main problems.