12th January

Mathematicians who were born or died on 12th January


Mathematicians born on this day:

1853 : Ricci-Curbastro
1894 : Arthur
1906 : Hirsch
1914 : Baiada
1915 : Robbins
1946 : Loday

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1665 : Fermat
1849 : James Thomson
1909 : Minkowski
1996 : van der Waerden
2004 : Ladyzhenskaya

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Pierre de Fermat Hermann Minkowski James Thomson


A quotation for today

Pierre Fermat (1601 - 1665)

[In the margin of his copy of Diophantus's Arithmetica, Fermat wrote]
To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it.

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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