23rd May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 23rd May


Mathematicians born on this day:

1606 : Caramuel
1884 : Gini
1887 : Skolem
1901 : Williamson
1901 : Zeckendorf
1903 : Prager
1914 : Bers
1917 : Edward Lorenz
1928 : James
1936 : Howie

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1691 : Auzout
1857 : Cauchy
1885 : Clausen
1889 : Halphen
1895 : Franz Neumann

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Augustin-Louis Cauchy Franz Neumann Thomas Clausen


A quotation for today

Lipa Bers (1914 - 1993)

... mathematics is very much like poetry ... what makes a good poem -- a great poem -- is that there is a large amount of thought expressed in very few words. In this sense formulas like or are poems.

Quoted in D Albers, G Alexanderson, C Reid, More Mathematical People

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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