17th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th August

Mathematicians born on this day:

1601 : Fermat
1904 : Giovanni Ricci
1904 : Levitzki
1954 : Daubechies

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1807 : Tetens
1924 : Urysohn
1927 : Fredholm
1944 : Lumsden
1974 : Krieger
1975 : Fomin
2004 : Kakutani

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Pierre Fermat Ivar Fredholm Pavel Urysohn

A quotation for today

Pierre Fermat (1601 - 1665)

And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything.

Quoted in D M Burton, Elementary Number Theory (Boston 1976)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

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