## Mathematicians Of The Day

### 6th December

On this day in 1733, James Stirling read a paper to the Royal Society entitled

*Twelve propositions concerning the figure of the Earth*. He supported Newton's view that the Earth is an oblate spheroid, against the rival Cassinian view.
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##### Born:

- 1682: Giulio Fagnano Ⓟ
- 1812: Charles Graves Ⓟ
- 1856: Walther von Dyck Ⓟ
- 1880: Pierre Boutroux Ⓟ
- 1900: George Uhlenbeck Ⓟ
- 1908: Herta Freitag Ⓟ
- 1916: John Kelley Ⓟ
- 1922: Leslie Woods Ⓟ
- 1927: Benjamin Moiseiwitsch Ⓟ
- 1941: László Filep Ⓟ

##### Died:

- 1715: Choi Seok-jeong Ⓟ
- 1788: Nicole-Reine Etable de Labrière Ⓟ
- 1893: Rudolf Wolf Ⓟ
- 1925: Carl Schoy Ⓟ
- 1973: Joseph Walsh Ⓟ
- 1990: Lev Arkad'evich Kaluznin Ⓟ
- 1996: Stefan Schwarz Ⓟ

#### Quotation of the day

##### From Pierre Boutroux

Logic is invincible because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic.