Mathematicians Of The Day

23rd November

On this day in 1823, Janos Bolyai wrote to his father, I have made such wonderful discoveries that I am myself lost in astonishment. He was referring to his discovery of non-Euclidean geometry that was published in 1833.

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Quotation of the day

From John Wallis
Quamquam enim hanc spes non exigua visa est affulsisse, lubricus tamen quem prae manibus (habemus Proteus tam hic quam superius non raro elapsus, spem fefellit).
"Although no small hope seemed to shine, what we have in hand is slippery, like Proteus, who( in the same way, often escaped, and disappointed hope)."
On squaring the circle.