3rd June

Mathematicians who were born or died on 3rd June

Mathematicians born on this day:

1659 : David Gregory
1726 : James Hutton
1844 : Mansion
1885 : Cherubino
1914 : Pitt
1923 : Shafarevich
1928 : Gruenberg

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1903 : Gegenbauer
1971 : Hopf
1980 : Akhiezer
1995 : John Eckert
2003 : Hildebrant
2010 : Arnold

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Heinz Hopf David Gregory Vladimir Arnold

A quotation for today

Vladimir Arnold (1937 - 2010)

All mathematics is divided into three parts: cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like), hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines) and celestial mechanics (financed by military and other institutions dealing with missiles, such as NASA).

Cryptography has generated number theory, algebraic geometry over finite fields, algebra, combinatorics and computers.

Hydrodynamics procreated complex analysis, partial differential equations, Lie groups and algebra theory, cohomology theory and scientific computing.

Celestial mechanics is the origin of dynamical systems, linear algebra, topology, variational calculus and symplectic geometry.

The existence of mysterious relations between all these different domains is the most striking and delightful feature of mathematics (having no rational explanation).

Polymathematics: Is mathematics a single science or a set of arts? in Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives (AMS 1999)

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