15th October

Mathematicians who were born or died on 15th October


Mathematicians born on this day:

1608 : Torricelli
1735 : Ramsden
1776 : Barlow
1797 : Finck
1837 : Königsberger
1846 : Poretsky
1875 : Cholesky
1890 : Jakob Nielsen
1909 : Bernhard Neumann
1927 : Wussing
1931 : Wexler-Kreindler

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1768 : Simson
1917 : Gentry
1959 : Fejér
1965 : Fraenkel
1980 : Lavrentev
1990 : Magnus

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Evangelista Torricelli Lipót Fejér Robert Simson


A quotation for today

Peter Barlow (1776 - 1862)

230(231-1) is the greatest perfect number that will ever be discovered, for, as they are merely curious without being useful, it is not likely that any person will attempt to find a number beyond it.

Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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