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  • 1-27-1832

    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson born in England. Although a mathematics professor, he wasn't much of a mathematician. Mathematicians appreciate his Alice books, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

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    Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
    Alice in Wonderland
  • 1-27-1860

    Janos Bolyai died in what is now Tirgu-Mures, Romania, and was then part of Hungary. Of his discoveries in non-Euclidean geometry, he wrote to his father Farkas, "From nothing I have created another entirely new world."

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    Janos Bolyai
    Farkas Bolyai
    Non-Euclidean Geometry
  • 1-27-1972

    Richard Courant died in New Rochelle, New York. The applied mathematician was responsible for the finite-element method and for the Courant Institute at New York University.

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    Richard Courant