Mathematicians Of The Day

8th December

On this day in 1610, Thomas Harriot was the first to record sunspot observations.

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Quotation of the day

From George Boole
Mathematics had never had more than a secondary interest for him; and even logic he cared for chiefly as a means of clearing the ground of doctrines imagined to be proved, by showing that the evidence on which they were supposed to give rest had no tendency to prove them. But he had been endeavouring to give a more active and positive help than this to the cause of what he deemed pure religion.
Written after George Boole's death in 1864, by his widow, Mary Boole.