Geek Fact for January 14th

In 1742, Edmond Halley died at age 85.

Using Isaac Newton’s new Laws of Motion, Edmond Halley made a prediction in 1705 that a comet which had appeared in 1531, 1607 and 1682 would reappear in 1758. He didn’t live to see its return. The comet was later named for him.

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In 1901, Charles Hermite, a French mathematician, died at age 78.

In 1873, Hermite published the first proof that e is a transcendental number. A transcendental number is a real number that is not the solution of any single-variable polynomial equation whose coefficients are all integers. Another example of a transcendental number is pi.

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