4th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 4th August


Mathematicians born on this day:

1805 : Hamilton
1834 : Venn
1893 : Murnaghan
1909 : MacLane
1912 : Aleksandr Aleksandrov

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1812 : Klügel
1874 : Hesse
1906 : Tilly
1920 : Rohn
1945 : Gentzen
1967 : Archibald Macintyre
2009 : Wiegold

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

William Rowan Hamilton Otto Hesse Gerhard Gentzen


A quotation for today

William Rowan Hamilton (1805 - 1865)

I regard it as an inelegance, or imperfection, in quaternions, or rather in the state to which it has been hitherto unfolded, whenever it becomes or seems to become necessary to have recourse to x, y, z, etc...

Quoted in a letter from Tait to Cayley.

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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