Mathematicians Of The Day

26th December

On this day in 1843John Graves wrote to William Rowan Hamilton that he had invented an eight-dimension normed division algebra he called Octaves. These were later called Octonions or (sadly for Graves!) Cayley numbers.

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Quotation of the day

From John Conway
You don't educate people by telling them useful things; you educate people by telling them interesting things