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Today is Adrien-Marie Legendre's Birthday!
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Born:  September 18, 1752
in Paris, France

Died:  January 10, 1833
in Paris, France

When Legendre was seventy-four years old he was asked to referee Abel's Memoir on a general property of a very extensive class of transcendental functions.  In a letter to Jacobi dated April 8, 1829, Legendre wrote, "We perceived that the memoir was barely legible; it was written in ink almost white, the letters badly formed; it was agreed between us that the author should be asked for a neater copy to read.  The other referee was Cauchy who took the memoir home, mislaid it, and forgot all about one of the most important publications in the 19th century.