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  • 2-3-1692

    De la Pryme recorded in his diary that Newton had a fire in his study that destroyed the manuscript of his Optics. "Everyone thought he would have run mad; he was so troubled ..."

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    Isaac Newton
  • 2-3-1893

    Gaston Julia born in Algeria. The French mathematician is best known for his namesake Julia set. Besides having been "one of the forefathers of modern dynamical systems theory," he was the author of 30 books on various types of mathematics (O'Connor and Robertson, MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive).

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    Gaston Julia
  • 2-3-1898

    Topologist P. Urysohn born in Odessa, Ukraine. He would die young, drowning while swimming in the sea in France.

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    Pavel Urysohn