Mathematicians born on this day:
1841 : Hermann Laurent |
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1764 : Nathaniel Bliss |

Maurice Fréchet | René Thom | William Rowan Hamilton |

Theorem of the day from Robin Whitty | Mathematician of the week |

**René Thom** (1923 - 2002)

The importance of the "New Mathematics" lies mainly in the fact that it has taught us the difference between the disc and the circle.

Quoted in D MacHale, *Comic Sections * (Dublin 1993)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

JOC/EFR April 2015
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