1646 (O.S.) - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German philosopher and scientist
1781 - SimÃ©on-Denis Poisson, French mathematician and physicist
1791 - Robert Napier, British engineer
1805 - Charles Thomas Jackson, American scientist, polymath
1811 - Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist
1923 - Insulin first became generally available for use by diabetics.
1452 - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath (above)
1552 - Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician
1641 - Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician
1707 - Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician
1710 - William…
1969 - Apollo Program: Apollo 11 lands on the Moon.
1976 - The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
1994 - Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9’s Fragment Q1 hits Jupiter.
1797 - Sir PaweÅ Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist
1822 - Gregor Mendel, father of modern genetics
...you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?
- Dirty Harry
The laws of probability, like most of the mathematical rules that govern the world, are a relatively recent discovery. Ancient people like the Romans loved to gamble as much as we do, and they had at…