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  • 5-19-804

    Alcuin of York died at Tours, France. He played an important role in Charlemagne's attempt to reorganize the educational system by popularizing the study of the seven liberal arts and encouraging the study of mathematics as an aid in determining the date of Easter. He wrote the first book of mathematical recreations.

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  • 5-19-1824

    Francis Maseres, probably most famous for his rejection of negative numbers, died in Surrey, England.

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  • 5-19-1927

    Serge Lang born near Paris, France. Famous as a writer of textbooks, most at the graduate level, in nearly every field of mathematics, he also conducted research in a variety of fields, including number theory, algebraic geometry, and differential geometry.

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