Mathematicians Of The Day

31st October

Quotation of the day

From Raj Chandra Bose
There is a very famous joke about Bose's work in Giridh. Professor Mahalanobis wanted Bose to visit the paddy fields and advise him on sampling problems for the estimation of yield of paddy. Bose did not very much like the idea, and he used to spend most of the time at home working on combinatorial problems using Galois fields. The workers of the ISI used to make a joke about this. Whenever Professor Mahalanobis asked about Bose, his secretary would say that Bose is working in fields, which kept the Professor happy.
Bose memorial session, in Sankhya 54 (1992)