7th January

Mathematicians who were born or died on 7th January


Mathematicians born on this day:

1859 : Georges Humbert
1871 : Borel
1904 : Whyburn
1907 : Paley

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1893 : Josef Stefan
1935 : Meshchersky
1955 : Kasner
1974 : Coulson
1989 : Frank Adams
1998 : Hamming
2010 : Cercignani
2012 : Wilf

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Emile Borel Frank Adams Charles Coulson


A quotation for today

Frank Adams (1930 - 1989)

I do feel impelled to try and say what needs to be said about a whole way of writing books on algebra from Van der Waerden to Cartan and Eilenberg. Look, you people are writing about a subject I love. I would echo Hardy and say, "The subject is so attractive that only extravagant incompetence could make it dull." All the same, we have books that do that. They are austere and arid. Why is that? ...
This book has good company in a bad tradition, which is to accompany good mathematics with bad teaching. Cartan doesn't lecture this way, Eilenberg doesn't lecture this way, Bass doesn't lecture this way and they don't always write this way. Why do they write books this way?

Review of Algebraic K-theory by H Bass. Bulletin of the LMS 2 (1970)

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