Geek Fact for January 26th

In 1998, Intel launched the 333 MHz Pentium II chip.

It was codenamed Deschutes. It didn’t offer much of a performance boost over its predecessor, a 300 MHZ chip. However, using a new fabrication process allowed for a smaller die size and less power consumption.

Read more about Pentium II chips at

In 1697, Isaac Newton received Jean Bernoulli’s 6-month time-limit problem and solved the problem before going to bed that same night.

In solving the problem, he invented a new branch of mathematics called the calculus of variations.

Learn more about the calculus of variations at

In 1895, mathematician Arthur Cayley died.

Cayley made important contributions to many different areas of mathematics — the algebraic theory of curves and surfaces, group theory, linear algebra, graph theory, combinatorics, and elliptic functions. In addition, he formalized the theory of matrices.

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