- In 1742, Euler presents the first concise statement of what famous theorem?
- In 1908,
*Scientific American*offers $500 to anyone who can come up with “a simple explanation” of what famous idea?

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]]>- Which mathematician’s burial was described as follows – “He was buried more like a robber than what he really was, the ornament of his century.”
- Which mathematician described his discovery of non-Euclidean geometry as “From nothing I have created another entirely new world.”?

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]]>- In 1843, what does Sir William Hamilton invent during a walk along the Royal Canal in Dublin?
- In 1903, Frank Cole gives his famous silent presentation about what unsolved math problem?

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]]>- What famous theorem does Kurt Godel present on Sept. 7, 1930?
- Two of the most prolific mathematicians died during the month of September. Can you name both of them?

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]]>- What famous scientist wrote to President Roosevelt on August 2, 1939?
- What was the subject of the great debate between Tartaglia and Ferrari during this month in 1548?

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]]>- What famous mathematician wrote protesting against “the use of an infinite quantity as an actual entity; this is never allowed in mathematics.”?
- Who was the first man to step foot on the moon during the month of July?

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]]>- What famous mathematician received his Ph.D. on June 16 at the ripe old age of 22?
- On what day is
*Discourse of the Method*, by Rene Descartes, is published?

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]]>Why is it that so many people have no idea what mathematics is really about? Why is it that the general public views math as boring and ugly? Because most people view mathematicians as human calculators, computing gigantic multiplication problems in their heads. While, in some rare cases, this is certainly true, I have learned from some brilliant mathematicians who couldn’t even master their times tables.

What the general public doesn’t realize is that mathematics is so much more than computation. It is about discovering patterns and relationships between ideas. In many cases, there is something beautiful when a mathematical idea makes a clever connection between two concepts, especially when it is unexpected.

Recently, in an OP-ED piece in the New York Times, Manil Suri attempts to explain what mathematics is about and why it is something to appreciate, much in the same way one appreciates art or music. As he puts it in his piece, “you can appreciate art without acquiring the ability to paint, or enjoy a symphony without being able to read music. Math also deserves to be enjoyed for its own sake, without being constantly subjected to the question, ‘When will I use this?'”

Click here to read his article titled “How to Fall in Love with Math.” You will not be disappointed.

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