Mathematicians Of The Day

10th October

On this day in 1580 Tycho Brahe observed a comet and followed it until November 25. In January of the following year a pamphlet of warning was written by "Francis Shakelton, minister and preacher of the word of God":
A blazing star or burning beacon, seen the 10th of October last (and yet continuing) set on fire by God's providence, to call all sinners to earnest [and] speedy repentance.

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Quotation of the day

From William Kruskal
Each of us has been doing statistics all his life, in the sense that each of us has been busily reaching conclusions based on empirical observations ever since birth.