18th December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 18th December

Mathematicians born on this day:

1917 : Lyndon
1922 : Ree
1942 : Blum

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1559 : Tunstall
1760 : Charles Hayes
1799 : Montucla
1848 : Bolzano
1855 : Sturm
1880 : Chasles
1970 : Hsu
1994 : Apery
1995 : Zuse
1999 : Bertha Jeffreys
2006 : Orshansky
2007 : Karlin

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Jean Montucla Bernard Bolzano Michel Chasles

A quotation for today

Jean Montucla (1725 - 1799)

[Mathematics is] the science of the ratios of size or of number, which can have between them all things that are susceptible of augmentation or of diminution. ... Mathematics divides up naturally into two classes; the one which one calls pure and abstract; the other those which one calls mixed, or more ordinarily physico-mathematical.

Histoire des mathématiques (1799)

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