Mathematicians born on this day:
1774 : Olinthus Gregory |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1715 : Lamy |

Eduard Kummer | Bernard Lamy | William Ferrel |

**Eduard Kummer** (1810 - 1893)

It is greatly to be lamented that this virtue of the real integers that they can be decomposed into prime factors which are slways the same for a given integer does not belong to the complex integers [of arbitrary cyclotomic number fields], for were this the case, the entire theory, which is still labouring under many difficulties, could easily be resolved and brought to a conclusion.

*De numeris complexis, qui racidibus unitates et numeris integris realibus constant * 1847

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