Mathematicians Of The Day

27th November

On this day in 1689, Edmond Halley proposed the 21 year-old Joseph Raphson as a member of the Royal Society. He was elected three days later.

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Quotation of the day

From Augusta Ada Byron
In almost every computation a great variety of arrangements for the succession of the processes is possible, and various considerations must influence the selections amongst them for the purposes of a calculating engine. One essential object is to choose that arrangement which shall tend to reduce to a minimum the time necessary for completing the calculation.