16th October

Mathematicians who were born or died on 16th October

Mathematicians born on this day:

1794 : Rodrigues
1879 : Jourdain
1882 : Jacobsthal
1930 : Polkinghorne

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1937 : Gosset
1982 : Efimov
1983 : Harish-Chandra
1985 : Alexander Doniphan Wallace
1993 : Rapcsak

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William Gosset Olinde Rodrigues Ernst Jacobsthal

A quotation for today

Harish-Chandra (1923 - 1983)

I have often pondered over the roles of knowledge or experience, on the one hand, and imagination or intuition, on the other, in the process of discovery. I believe that there is a certain fundamental conflict between the two, and knowledge, by advocating caution, tends to inhibit the flight of imagination. Therefore, a certain naivete, unburdened by conventional wisdom, can sometimes be a positive asset.

Quoted in R Langlands, Harish-Chandra, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 31 (1985)

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