14th May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 14th May

Mathematicians born on this day:

1701 : Emerson
1832 : Lipschitz
1863 : Fields
1875 : Beppo Levi
1888 : Archie Alexander
1917 : Tutte

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1761 : Simpson
1797 : Giovanni Fagnano
1887 : Rosenhain
1893 : Kummer
1909 : Vailati
1927 : Woolsey Johnson
1984 : Baiada
2014 : Macbeath

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Rudolf Lipschitz John Fields Eduard Kummer

A quotation for today

Eduard Kummer (1810 - 1893)

It is greatly to be lamented that this virtue of the real integers that they can be decomposed into prime factors which are slways the same for a given integer does not belong to the complex integers [of arbitrary cyclotomic number fields], for were this the case, the entire theory, which is still labouring under many difficulties, could easily be resolved and brought to a conclusion.

De numeris complexis, qui racidibus unitates et numeris integris realibus constant 1847

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