24th November

Mathematicians who were born or died on 24th November

Mathematicians born on this day:

1879 : Duncan Sommerville
1909 : Gerhard Gentzen
1938 : Daniel Akyeampong
1958 : Akos Seress

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1837 : Bartholomew Lloyd
1900 : John McCowan
1978 : Warren Weaver
1987 : Hans Schubert
2008 : John Stallings

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Gerhard Gentzen Hans Schubert Duncan Sommerville

A quotation for today

Gerhard Gentzen (1909 - 1945)

Mathematics is regarded as the most certain of all sciences. That it could lead to results which contradict one another seems impossible. This faith in the indubitable certainty of mathematical proofs was sadly shaken around 1900 by the discovery of the antinomies or paradoxes of set theory. It turned out that in this specialised branch of mathematics, contradictions arise without our being able to recognise any specific error in our reasoning.

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