22nd May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 22nd May

Mathematicians born on this day:

1848 : Schubert
1865 : Dixon
1881 : William Milne
1903 : Rocard
1903 : Bertha Jeffreys
1916 : Frohlich
1931 : Olech

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1815 : Spence
1868 : Plücker
1967 : Plemelj
1974 : Flügge-Lotz
1991 : Derrick Lehmer
2009 : Ledermann
2010 : Gardner

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Alfred Dixon Julius Plücker Irmgard Flügge-Lotz

A quotation for today

Martin Gardner (1914 - 2010)

Mathematics is not only real, but it is the only reality. That is that entire universe is made of matter, obviously. And matter is made of particles. It's made of electrons and neutrons and protons. So the entire universe is made out of particles. Now what are the particles made out of? They're not made out of anything. The only thing you can say about the reality of an electron is to cite its mathematical properties. So there's a sense in which matter has completely dissolved and what is left is just a mathematical structure.

Focus: The Newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America 14 (6), December 1994.

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