9th February

Mathematicians who were born or died on 9th February


Mathematicians born on this day:

1775 : Farkas Bolyai
1880 : Fejér
1907 : Coxeter
1908 : Dinghas
1927 : Nagata

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1811 : Maskelyne
1883 : Henry Smith
1937 : Macaulay
1970 : Leo Moser
1988 : Herstein
2003 : Ikeda
2005 : Ree

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Lipót Fejér Donald Coxeter Henry Smith


A quotation for today

Farkas Bolyai (1775 - 1856)

[To son János:]
For God's sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passion, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.
[Bolyai's father urging him to give up work on non-Euclidian geometry.]

Quoted in P Davis and R Hersh The Mathematical Experience (Boston 1981)

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