#### Quote of the day

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.

#### Richard E. Bellman

**Born:**August 26, 1920

**Died:**March 19, 1984

**(aged 63)**

**Bio:**Richard Ernest Bellman was an American applied mathematician, who introduced dynamic programming in 1953, and important contributions in other fields of mathematics.

**Known for:**

- Introduction to Matrix Analysis (1960)
- Stability theory of differential equations (1953)
- Brief introduction to theta functions (1961)
- Modern elementary differential equations (1968)
- Algorithms, graphs, and computers (1970)