Mathematicians Of The Day

2nd December

On this day in 1942, Enrico Fermi oversaw the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction in a disused football stadium in Chicago. Exactly 25 years later Italy published a postage stamp commemorating the anniversary.

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Quotation of the day

From L E J Brouwer
One cannot inquire into the foundations and nature of mathematics without delving into the question of the operations by which the mathematical activity of the mind is conducted. If one failed to take that into account, then one would be left studying only the language in which mathematics is represented rather than the essence of mathematics.