Mathematicians Of The Day

24th December

On this day in 1819, Bernard Bolzano was dismissed from his theological chair at the University of Prague and put under police supervision for his unorthodox religious views. In mathematics he helped remove the scandal of infinitesimals from the calculus.

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Quotation of the day

From Charles Hermite
Abel has left mathematicians enough to keep them busy for 500 years.
Quoted in G F Simmons Calculus Gems (New York 1992).