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  • 8-18-1652

    Florimond de Beaune died in Blois, France. He was best known for his introduction to the 1649 edition of his friend Descartes' Geometry.

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    Florimond de Beaune
    Rene Descartes
  • 8-18-1685

    Brook Taylor born in Middlesex, England. He was one of many mathematicians of his time to discover (independently) what became known as Taylor series and Taylor's Theorem.

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    Brook Taylor
  • 8-18-1881

    Engels wrote to Marx, "The matter is so perfectly clear that we cannot be amazed enough how the mathematicians so stubbornly insist on mystifying it," in praise of Marx's manuscript on the differential calculus.

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    Friedrich Engels
    Karl Marx