4th April

Mathematicians who were born or died on 4th April


Mathematicians born on this day:

1790 : Belanger
1809 : Benjamin Peirce
1842 : Lucas
1868 : Fawcett
1884 : MacRobert
1902 : Eberhard Hopf
1939 : Gray
1949 : Yau

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1617 : Napier
1807 : Lalande
1923 : Venn
1925 : Ball
1949 : Threlfall
1961 : Stoilow
1981 : Siegel
1991 : Reichardt
2012 : Krasovskii

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John Napier Edouard Lucas


A quotation for today

John Napier (1550 - 1617)

Seeing there is nothing that is so troublesome to mathematical practice, nor that doth more molest and hinder calculators, than the multiplications, divisions, square and cubical extractions of great numbers ... I began therefore to consider in my mind by what certain and ready art I might remove those hindrances.

Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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