7th November

Mathematicians who were born or died on 7th November

Mathematicians born on this day:

1660 : Thomas Fantet de Lagny
1799 : Karl Gräffe
1843 : Heinrich Friedrich Weber
1898 : Raphaël Salem
1906 : Jean Leray
1918 : Mario Fiorentini

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1872 : Alfred Clebsch
1918 : Artemas Martin
1936 : Gury Vasilievich Kolosov
1939 : Ralph Sampson
1968 : Aleksandr Osipovich Gelfond
2016 : Wolfgang Gaschütz

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Thomas De Lagny Aleksandr Gelfond Gury Vasilievich Kolosov

A quotation for today

Alfred Clebsch (1833 - 1872)

Research may start from definite problems whose importance it recognizes and whose solution is sought more or less directly by all forces. But equally legitimate is the other method of research which only selects the field of its activity and, contrary to the first method, freely reconnoitres in the search for problems which are capable of solution. Different individuals will hold different views as to the relative value of these two methods. If the first method leads to greater penetration it is also easily exposed to the danger of unproductivity. To the second method we owe the acquisition of large and new fields, in which the details of many things remain to be determined and explored by the first method.

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