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)

Another quotation by one of today's mathematicians

JOC/EFR November 2014
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