Mathematicians born on this day:
1771 : Reynaud |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1906 : Cesàro |

Haskell Curry | Maxime Bôcher |

**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

JOC/EFR January 2013
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