20th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 20th August

Mathematicians born on this day:

1645 : Siguenza
1710 : Simpson
1862 : Stäckel
1863 : Corrado Segre
1890 : Dingle
1898 : Infeld
1899 : Bochner
1901 : Vajda
1905 : Henriques
1923 : Apostol
1957 : Donaldson

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1672 : de Witt
1677 : Pierre Petit
1950 : Carse
1972 : Karp
2001 : Hoyle
2006 : Parry
2014 : McLeod

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Thomas Simpson Corrado Segre Simon Donaldson

A quotation for today

Salomon Bochner (1899 - 1982)

Mathematics is a form of poetry which transcends poetry in that it proclaims a truth; a form of reasoning which transcends reasoning in that it wants to bring about the truth it proclaims; a form of action, of ritual behaviour, which does not find fulfilment in the act but must proclaim and elaborate a poetic form of truth.

The Role of Mathematics in the Rise of Science

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

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