Mathematicians born on this day:
1728 : Lambert 
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1349 : Bradwardine 
Johann Lambert  Wolfgang Krull  Peter Ramus 
Johann H Lambert (1728  1777)
Proofs of the Euclidean [parallel] postulate can be developed to such an extent that apparently a mere trifle remains. But a careful analysis shows that in this seeming trifle lies the crux of the matter; usually it contains either the proposition that is being proved or a postulate equivalent to it.
Quoted in C B Boyer, A History of Mathematics (New York 1968)
Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians
Previous Day  Today  Next Day  Whole year

Main Index  Biographies Index
 
Birth and death statistics 
JOC/EFR May 2017
The URL of this page is: 
School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews, Scotland  
http://wwwhistory.mcs.standrews.ac.uk/history/Day_files/Day826.html 