Mathematicians Of The Day

7th December

On this day in 1592, Galileo gave his inaugural lecture and began a period of 18 years at the University of Padua, years which he later described as the happiest of his life.

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Quotation of the day

From James Whitbread Lee Glaisher
[Lord Brougham's writings on the bee's cell contain] as striking examples of bad reasoning as are often to be met with in writings related to mathematical subjects.
Quoted in D'A W Thompson On Growth and Form (Cambridge 1917)