9th January

Mathematicians who were born or died on 9th January


Mathematicians born on this day:

1795 : Whish
1864 : Steklov
1873 : Blichfeldt
1889 : Daniell
1915 : Orshansky
1923 : Vladimirov
1930 : Jacob T Schwartz
1938 : Ramanujam

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1586 : Wittich
1757 : Fontenelle
1799 : Agnesi
1848 : Caroline Herschel
1939 : Fabian Franklin
1973 : Vandiver
1975 : Novikov
1989 : Stone
2012 : Pahlings

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Bernard de Fontenelle Maria Gaetana Agnesi Caroline Herschel


A quotation for today

Harry S Vandiver (1882 - 1973)

It is not known if there are infinitely many Wilson primes. This question seems to be of such a character that if I should come to life any time after my death and some mathematician were to tell me that it had definitely been settled, I think I would immediately drop dead again.
[Wilson primes satisfy (p - 1)! = -1 mod p2.   5, 13 and 563 are the only Wilson primes less than 5 × 108 ]

Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

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