12th September

Mathematicians who were born or died on 12th September


Mathematicians born on this day:

1771 : Reynaud
1877 : Hamel
1894 : Wrinch
1898 : Bessel-Hagen
1900 : Curry
1921 : Samuel

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1906 : Cesàro
1918 : Bôcher
1933 : Leonard Rogers
2005 : Lang

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Haskell Curry Maxime Bôcher


A quotation for today

Maxime Bôcher (1867 - 1918)

I like to look at mathematics almost more as an art than as a science; for the activity of the mathematician, constantly creating as he is, guided although not controlled by the external world of senses, bears a resemblance, not fanciful I believe, but real, to the activities of the artist, of a painter, let us say. Just as one cannot become a painter without a certain amount of skill, so one cannot become a mathematician without the power to reason accurately up to a certain point. Yet these qualities, fundamental though they are, do not make a painter or mathematician worthy of the name, nor indeed are they the most important factors in the case. Other qualities of a far more subtle sort, chief among which in both cases is imagination, go to the making of a good artist or of a good mathematician.

Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 11 1904, 133

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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