17th May

Mathematicians who were born or died on 17th May

Mathematicians born on this day:

1942 : Steve Rallis

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1729 : Samuel Clarke
1765 : Alexis Clairaut
1913 : Heinrich Weber
2001 : Jacques-Louis Lions

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Alexis Clairaut Samuel Clarke Jacques-Louis Lions

A quotation for today

Alexis Clairaut (1713 - 1765)

It appears even Sir Isaac Newton was of the opinion, that it was necessary the Earth should be more dense toward the center, in order to be so much the flatter at the poles: and that it followed from this greater flatness, that gravity increased so much the more from the equator towards the Pole.

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