Mathematicians Of The Day

18th December

On this day in 1703, John Flamsteed revealed his irritation with the choice of Edmond Halley as successor to Wallis as the Savilian Professor of Geometry. In a letter to Abraham Sharpe he wrote:-
Dr Wallis is dead – Mr Halley expects his place – who now talks, swears and drinks brandy like a sea-captain.

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Quotation of the day

From Bernard Bolzano
My special pleasure in mathematics rested particularly on its purely speculative part.