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  • 9-2-1808

    Gauss wrote Wolfgang Bolyai: "It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment."

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    Carl Friedrich Gauss
    Farkas Wolfgang Bolyai
  • 9-2-1841

    Paul Matthieu Hermann Laurent born in Luxembourg. He developed statistical formulas for the calculation of actuarial tables and studied heat conduction.

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    Hermann Laurent
  • 9-2-1958

    The National Defense Education Act was passed by the US Congress in response to the Soviet Union's Sputnik space launch (October 4, 1957). The Act appropriated $840 million to improve the teaching of mathematics, science, and foreign languages.

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    National Defense Education Act
    Sputnik

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