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Celebrate Hamilton Day, a Better Mathematical Holiday

Lists of math holidays invariably omit a worthy one. Observed in Ireland every Oct. 16, Hamilton Day commemorates—no, not a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman—the eureka moment William Rowan Hamilton (1805–1865) experienced while walking along Dublin’s Royal Canal in 1843. It celebrates a mathematical breakthrough, one that not only enables space exploration and virtual reality but expanded the realm of mathematical possibility.
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