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  • 11-22-1850

    Sylvester was called to the Bar. Rather than practicing law, he gave private instruction in mathematics, and counted among his pupils Florence Nightingale.

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    James Joseph Sylvester
    Florence Nightingale
  • 11-22-1944

    Arthur Eddington died in Cambridge, England. The astronomer and physicist wrote Mathematical Theory of Relativity, a book highly praised by Einstein, in 1923.

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    Arthur Eddington
    Albert Einstein
  • 11-22-1996

    Garrett Birkhoff died in Water Mill, New York. He may be best known for the algebra text he wrote with Saunders MacLane. Survey of Modern Algebra was first published in 1941.

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    Garrett Birkhoff
    Saunders MacLane

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