27th February

Mathematicians who were born or died on 27th February


Mathematicians born on this day:

1547 : Al-Amili
1881 : Brouwer
1888 : Mackie
1910 : Doob
1942 : Gavin Brown
1943 : Orszag

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1735 : Arbuthnot
1915 : Sonin
1975 : Hyman Levy

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

L E J Brouwer John Arbuthnot Joseph Doob


A quotation for today

John Arbuthnot (1667 - 1735)

The Reader may here observe the Force of Numbers, which can be successfully applied, even to those things, which one would imagine are subject to no Rules. There are very few things which we know, which are not capable of being reduc'd to a Mathematical Reasoning; and when they cannot it's a sign our knowledge of them is very small and confus'd; and when a Mathematical Reasoning can be had it's as great a folly to make use of any other, as to grope for a thing in the dark, when you have a Candle standing by you.

Of the Laws of Chance (1692)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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