Mathematical Graffiti

Speaking of Sir William Rowan Hamilton and quaternions, the solution to how to multiply quaternions came to Hamilton one day while he was out on a walk with his wife.  Worried that he would forget, Hamilton immediately carved the answer in the Brougham Bridge.  That piece of mathematical graffiti went unpunished and in fact is commemorated by a plaque today on that same bridge.  (3)

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