Mathematicians Of The Day

21st December

On this day in 1807, Joseph Fourier's memoir On the Propagation of Heat in Solid Bodies. was read to the Paris Institute. A committee consisting of Lagrange, Laplace, Monge and Lacroix was set up to report on the work. The committee was dubious about his use of expansion into trigonometric series.

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Quotation of the day

From Eric Temple Bell
Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, these three, are in a class by
themselves among the great mathematicians, and it is not for
ordinary mortals to attempt to range them in order of merit.