Mathematicians Of The Day

27th December

On this day in 1725, Christian Goldbach was the recording secretary at the opening session of the St Petersburg Academy. The form of the Academy was imported ready-made from the Berlin model proposed to Peter the Great by Leibniz several years earlier.

On this day in 2013 Google released a Kepler doodle.

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Quotation of the day

From Johannes Kepler
On the origin of the New Star of 1604:

Priusquam autem ad creationem, hoc est ad finem omnis disputationis, veniamus: tentanda omnia existimo.

[However, before we come to special creation, which puts an end to all discussion: I think we should try everything else.]
On the New Star: De stella nova (Prague, 1606) Chapter 22, KGW 1 257, lines 23 -24.