[Cryptography] Happy birthday, John Wallis!

Kent Borg kentborg at borg.org
Wed Dec 2 17:52:48 EST 2020

On 12/2/20 12:38 PM, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> Born 3rd Dec 1616, he was a cryptographer and mathematician (pretty 
> much the same thing).
>     https://www.onthisday.com/people/john-wallis
> He introduced the symbol "∞" for infinity, amongst other things; an 
> amazing bloke.

According to Wikipedia, his math study was erratic because "mathematics, 
at that time with us, were scarce looked on as academical studies, but 
rather mechanical".

Interesting to consider.

-kb, the Kent who notes that these days most people consider math as 
very academical, but /otherwise/ pointless.
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