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  • 5-29-1660

    Frans van Schooten died in Leiden, Netherlands. He helped popularize Rene Descartes' analytic geometry by translating it to Latin and by teaching it to his star pupils, Huygens, van Heuraet, and Hudde.

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    Frans van Schooten
  • 5-29-1832

    Galois predicted his own death. Almost certain that he would die in a duel the next day, Galois wrote a friend describing his mathematics. It ended: "Eventually there will be, I hope, some people who will find it profitable to decipher this mess."

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    Evariste Galois
  • 5-29-1919

    Einstein prediction confirmed. Deflection of light in a gravitational field detected during a solar eclipse, thus confirming a prediction of Einstein of 1915-16 based on his theory of general relativity.

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    Albert Einstein
    Theory of Relativity

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