Mathematicians Of The Day

28th November

On this day in 1660, a meeting of twelve scientists in Gresham College, including Boyle, Brouncker, Neile, Wilkins and Wren, constituted their Society for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematical Experimental Learning which they declared would promote experimental philosophy. This later became the Royal Society of London.

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Quotation of the day

From Leonard Roth
Newton is, of course, the greatest of all Cambridge professors; he also happens to be the greatest disaster that ever befell not merely Cambridge mathematics in particular, but British mathematical science as a whole.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)