Mathematicians born on this day:
1750 : Mascheroni 
Mathematicians who died on this day:
1826 : Kramp 
Lorenzo Mascheroni  Lazare Carnot  Stan Ulam 
Lazare Carnot (1753  1823)
... the sciences are like a beautiful river, of which the course is easy to follow, when it has acquired a certain regularity; but if one wants to go back to the source, one will find it nowhere, because it is everywhere; it is spread so much [as to be] aver all the surface of the earth; it is the same if one wants to go back to the origin of the sciences, one will find only obscurity, vague ideas, vicious circles; and one loses oneself in the primitive ideas.
Essai sur les machines en général (1783)
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