20th August

Mathematicians who were born or died on 20th August


Mathematicians born on this day:

1645 : Siguenza y Gongora
1710 : Thomas Simpson
1862 : Paul Stäckel
1863 : Corrado Segre
1890 : Herbert Dingle
1898 : Leopold Infeld
1899 : Salomon Bochner
1901 : Steven Vajda
1905 : Anna Adelaide Stafford Henriques
1923 : Tom Apostol
1957 : Simon Donaldson

Mathematicians who died on this day:

1672 : Jan de Witt
1677 : Pierre Petit
1950 : George Carse
1972 : Carol Karp
2001 : Fred Hoyle
2006 : William Parry
2014 : Bryce McLeod

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Thomas Simpson Corrado Segre Simon Donaldson


A quotation for today

Salomon Bochner (1899 - 1982)

Mathematics is a form of poetry which transcends poetry in that it proclaims a truth; a form of reasoning which transcends reasoning in that it wants to bring about the truth it proclaims; a form of action, of ritual behaviour, which does not find fulfilment in the act but must proclaim and elaborate a poetic form of truth.

The Role of Mathematics in the Rise of Science

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians


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