18th February

Mathematicians who were born or died on 18th February


Mathematicians born on this day:

1201 : Nasir al-Din al-Tusi
1404 : Leone Battista Alberti
1844 : Jacob Lüroth
1857 : Donald Macmillan
1871 : George Udny Yule
1919 : Clifford Ambrose Truesdell III
1936 : Pavel Tichy

Mathematicians who died on this day:

  901 : Thabit
1851 : Carl Jacobi
1899 : Sophus Lie
1900 : Eugenio Beltrami
1995 : Walter Samuel McAfee
2011 : Martin Harvey

Posters available   (Click on a link below)

Leone Alberti Carl Jacobi Sophus Lie


A quotation for today

Karl Jacobi (1804 - 1851)

It is often more convenient to possess the ashes of great men than to possess the men themselves during their lifetime.

[Commenting on the return of Descartes' remains to France]

Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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