20th February

Mathematicians who were born or died on 20th February


Mathematicians born on this day:

1844 : Boltzmann
1860 : Lerch
1929 : Puri
1931 : Milnor

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1762 : Tobias Mayer
1778 : Bassi
1955 : Arthur Dixon
2005 : Wright

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Ludwig Boltzmann Tobias Mayer Laura Bassi


A quotation for today

Ludwig Boltzmann (1844 - 1906)

A mathematician will recognise Cauchy, Gauss, Jacobi or Helmholtz after reading a few pages, just as musicians recognise, from the first few bars, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.

Quoted in A Koestler, The Act of Creation

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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