#### Quote of the day

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves a number of obscure men who have only remained obscure because their timidity has prevented them from making a first effort.

#### John Allen Paulos

**Born:**July 4, 1945

**(age 76)**

**Bio:**John Allen Paulos is an American professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has gained fame as a writer and speaker on mathematics and the importance of mathematical literacy.

**Known for:**

- Innumeracy (1988)
- A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper (1997)
- A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market (2003)
- Irreligion (2007)
- Beyond Numeracy (1991)