Mathematicians Of The Day

4th December

Quotation of the day

From Thomas Hobbes
To understand this for sense it is not required that a man should be a geometrician or a logician, but that he should be mad.
["This" is that the volume generated by revolving the region under 1/x from 1 to infinity has finite volume.]
Quoted in N Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims (Raleigh N C 1988).