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  • 7-29-1654

    Pascal wrote to Fermat, questioning his solution to the 'problem of the points,' a probability problem.

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    Blaise Pascal
    Pierre de Fermat
  • 7-29-1867

    Benjamin Peirce honored: Thomas Hill, president of Harvard College and sometime mathematician, wrote mathematics professor Benjamin Peirce, "I have the honor of informing you that the University, on Commencement Day, conferred on you the Degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of the transcendent ability with which you have pursued mathematical physical investigations, and in particular for the luster which she had herself for so many years borrowed from your genius."

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    Thomas Hill
    Benjamin Peirce
  • 7-29-1944

    David Eugene Smith, historian of mathematics, died in New York City. As professor of mathematics at Teachers College, Columbia University, he helped George Arthur Plimpton build a fine collection of mathematical texts and objects.

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    David Eugene Smith
    Mathematical Treasures of Smith and Plimpton
  • 7-29-1958

    NASA established. President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act. NASA opened for business on October 1, 1958, and within a week launched Project Mercury, the start of the U.S. manned space program.

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    NASA History
    Dwight David Eisenhower

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