Mathematicians born on this day:
1667 : Saccheri |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1575 : Commandino |

Jean Montucla |

Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty | Mathematician of the week |

**Jean Montucla** (1725 - 1799)

[Mathematics is] the science *of the ratios of size or of number, which can have between them all things that are susceptible of augmentation or of diminution.* ... Mathematics divides up naturally into two classes; the one which one calls pure and abstract; the other those which one calls mixed, or more ordinarily physico-mathematical.

*Histoire des mathématiques* (1799)

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