Mathematicians Of The Day

6th October

On this day in 1570, Girolamo Cardano was imprisoned for 87 days on charges of impiety (casting a horoscope of Christ). He spent the remaining five years of his life in Rome under the eye of a suspicious pope who nonetheless gave him a pension.

Click on for a poster.

Quotation of the day

From Benjamin Peirce
Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions.
Memoir read before the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, 1870.

Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty