Mathematicians Of The Day

6th October

On this day in 1570, Girolamo Cardano was imprisoned for 87 days on charges of impiety (casting a horoscope of Christ). He spent the remaining five years of his life in Rome under the eye of a suspicious pope who nonetheless gave him a pension.

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Quotation of the day

From Benjamin Peirce
Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions.
Memoir read before the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, 1870.