William Rowan Hamilton

was born 212 years ago

4th August 1805

In 1843 **William Rowan Hamilton** discovered the quaternions, the first noncommutative algebra to be studied. He felt this would revolutionise mathematical physics and he spent the rest of his life working on quaternions.

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