17th December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th December


Mathematicians born on this day:

1706 : Châtelet
1835 : Casorati
1842 : Lie
1863 : Padé
1884 : Scholz
1893 : Sergescu
1900 : Cartwright

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1851 : Rodrigues
1853 : Anstice
1907 : William Thomson
1912 : Haret
1940 : Stott
1964 : Koksma
1999 : Jürgen Moser
2002 : Pogorelov

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Gabrielle du Châtelet Sophus Lie William Thomson


A quotation for today

William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) (1824 - 1907)

When you measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it, but when you cannot express it in numbers your knowledge about is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.

Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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