## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 24th November

On this day in 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks made the first ever observation of a transit of Venus.

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##### Born:

- 1879: Duncan Sommerville Ⓟ
- 1882: Paul Dienes Ⓟ
- 1909: Gerhard Gentzen Ⓟ
- 1938: Daniel Akyeampong Ⓟ
- 1958: Akos Seress Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1837: Bartholomew Lloyd Ⓟ
- 1900: John McCowan Ⓟ
- 1978: Warren Weaver Ⓟ
- 1985: Viktor Kupradze
- 1987: Hans Schubert Ⓟ
- 1992: Cecily Tanner Ⓟ
- 2008: John Stallings Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Gerhard Gentzen

Mathematics is regarded as the most certain of all sciences. That it could lead to results which contradict one another seems impossible. This faith in the indubitable certainty of mathematical proofs was sadly shaken around 1900 by the discovery of the antinomies or paradoxes of set theory. It turned out that in this specialised branch of mathematics, contradictions arise without our being able to recognise any specific error in our reasoning.