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  • 2-22-1877

    J. J. Sylvester, at a commencement address at Johns Hopkins University, gave his view on the relation between teaching and research: "An eloquent mathematician must, from the nature of things, ever remain as rare a phenomenon as a talking fish, and it is certain that the more anyone gives himself up to the study of oratorial effect, the less he will find himself in a fit state of mind to mathematicize."

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    James Joseph Sylvester
  • 2-22-1880

    American Poet Sidney Lanier (1842-1922) read his "Ode to The Johns Hopkins University," which indicated the original faculty was "Led by the soaring-genius'd Sylvester."

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    Sidney Lanier
    James Joseph Sylvester
  • 2-22-1903

    Frank Plumpton Ramsey, inventor of Ramsey Theory in combinatorics, born in Cambridge, England.

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    Frank Plumpton Ramsey

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