21st December

Mathematicians who were born or died on 21st December


Mathematicians born on this day:

1540 : Thomas Allen
1821 : Samuel Haughton
1878 : Jan Łukasiewicz
1889 : Sewall Green Wright
1915 : Alberto Dou
1921 : Edith Hirsch Luchins
1926 : Rex Tims
1932 : John Ringrose

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1912 : Paul Gordan
1912 : Émile Lemoine
1919 : Mikhail Yakovlevich Suslin
1954 : Petre Sergescu
1960 : Eric Temple Bell
1976 : Vijay Patodi
1980 : Vladimir Potapov
1987 : Eugene Lukacs
2002 : Arnljot Høyland

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Paul Gordan Eric Temple Bell Thomas Allen


A quotation for today

Paul Gordan (1837 - 1912)

This is not mathematics, it is theology.
[On being exposed to Hilbert's work in invariant theory.]

Quoted in P Davis and R Hersh The Mathematical Experience (Boston 1981)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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