Mathematicians Of The Day

8th February

On this day in 1913, G H Hardy answered the letter he had received from Ramanujan containing the latter's results. Hardy's letter begins:-
I was exceedingly interested by your letter and by the theorems which you state. You will however understand that, before I can judge properly of the value of what you have done, it is essential that I should see proofs of some of your assertions. Your results seem to me to fall into roughly three classes:
(1)  there are a number of results that are already known, or easily deducible from known theorems;
(2) there are results which, so far as I know, are new and interesting, but interesting rather from their curiosity and apparent difficulty than their importance;
(3)  there are results which appear to be new and important ...

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Quotation of the day

From John von Neumann
If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty