17th January

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th January


Mathematicians born on this day:

1647 : Elisabetha Koopman
1706 : Benjamin Franklin
1847 : Zhukovsky
1858 : Koenigs
1868 : Couturat
1889 : Fowler
1900 : Collingwood
1905 : Kaprekar
1913 : Wylie

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1618 : Valerio
1675 : Frenicle de Bessy
1775 : Vincenzo Riccati
1911 : Galton
1954 : Dickson

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Francis Galton Leonard Dickson Elisabetha Koopman


A quotation for today

Francis Galton (1822 - 1911)

[Statistics are] the only tools by which an opening may be cut through the formidable thicket of difficulties that bars the path of those who pursue the Science of Man.

Quoted in K Pearson, The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton (London 1914)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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