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  • 4-1-1776

    Birthdate of Sophie Germain. She won the Prix Bordin, a prestigious prize awarded by the French Academy of Sciences, and was the first woman to do so.

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    Sophie Germain
    Prix Bordin
  • 4-1-1876

    A proof of the Pythagorean Theorem by James A. Garfield, then member of Congress from Ohio, was published in the New England Journal of Education.

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    Garfield and the Pythagorean Theorem
    James A Garfield
  • 4-1-1948

    Physicists Hans Bethe and George Gamow became acquainted with a young physicist with such an unusual name that they decided to write a joint paper. Its distinguishing feature was its byline: by Alpher, Bethe, and Gamow.

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    Hans Bethe
    George Gamow

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