12th May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 12th May


Mathematicians born on this day:

1820 : Florence Nightingale
1820 : Casey
1845 : Brocard
1851 : Dickstein
1857 : Bolza
1865 : Fiske
1902 : Yates
1919 : Wen-Tsun Wu
1939 : Pahlings

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1003 : Gerbert
1682 : Ricci
1742 : Privat de Molières
1856 : Binet
1927 : Bagnera
1952 : Lidstone

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Jacques Binet Oskar Bolza Florence Nightingale


A quotation for today

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910)

The true foundation of theology is to ascertain the character of God. It is by the art of Statistics that law in the social sphere can be ascertained and codified, and certain aspects of the character of God thereby revealed. The study of statistics is thus a religious service.

F N David: Games, God and Gambling (1962)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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