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Albert Einstein

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Albert Einstein

**Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
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Albert Einstein

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

Bertrand Russell

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

John Adams

**God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
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Paul Dirac

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.

H. L. Mencken

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.

Richard Dawkins

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.

Bertrand Russell

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.

Nikola Tesla

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.

Bertrand Russell

If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.

Galileo Galilei

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.

Bertrand Russell

It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics.

Stephen Hawking

**If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
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Francis Bacon

**The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.
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Charles Caleb Colton

I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.

Carl Sandburg

Find your self-respect now. Don't dumb yourselves down. Think of yourself as capable and worthy of finding a guy who is going to respect you, too. It's so important, I mean, and the confidence you get from feeling smart and tackling something like mathematics, which is a challenge, right? Math is hard.

Danica McKellar

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.

Maria Montessori

**Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
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Nicolaus Copernicus

**Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
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Stendhal

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the

**application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
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Richard M. Nixon

One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren't usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It's structures and patterns, and that's what we love, and that's what we get off on.

Danica McKellar

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection, must therefore first study Logic, next the various branches of Mathematics in their proper order, then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.

Maimonides

All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one's brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon.

Roger Bacon

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is. ~John Louis von Neumann

Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time. ~Carl Sandburg

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. ~Albert Einstein

~Author Unknown Mathematics . Lord Tennyson. Esar's Comic Dictionary "Every minute dies a man. Lec. whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase. ~Calvin Trillin I don't agree with mathematics. And one and a sixteenth is born. be conceded to the laws of metre. of course. Every minute one is born.I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally. about a couplet in his "The Vision of Sin" . ~Isaac Barrow I never did very well in math . try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them." I may add that the exact figures are 1. ~Stanislaw J. More Unkempt Thoughts If you think dogs can't count.Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in the next edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows: "Every moment dies a man. ~Phil Pastoret [A mathematician is a] scientist who can figure out anything except such simple things as squaring the circle and trisecting an angle. the sum total of zeros is a frightening figure. but something must." I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world's population in a state of perpetual equipoise. ~Albert Einstein Black holes result from God dividing the universe by zero. ~Evan Esar. ~Charles Babbage.067. and the plentiful Fountain of Advantage to human affairs. letter to Alfred.the unshaken Foundation of Sciences.

mass. a string of squiggles. ~Carl Sandburg. forces vectoring in a curved geometry .potential. ~Author Unknown If two wrongs don't make a right. ~Eric T. The Development of Mathematics . ~Gregory Benford. They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them. then no train stops at pi. The iron fist of the real. a gossamer web. "Arithmetic" If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers. inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics. try three. Timescape It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class. "Arithmetic" Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.Math is radical! ~Bumper Sticker There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations.that was a sublime experience. Bell. ~Carl Sandburg. Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted. ~Richard Preston Even stranger things have happened. arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page. ~Author Unknown Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head. as the superscripts paired with subscripts. and perhaps the strangest of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race akin to the apes. collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities .

"Of Studies" The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated. and the real explorers have gone elsewhere. ~Author Unknown The mathematics are distinguished by a particular privilege. where the explorers often get lost. he must begin again. let him study the mathematics. ~Francis Bacon. ~S. ~Dean Schlicter It is not the job of mathematicians. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made. ~Edward Gibbon. ~W. Gudder The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra. but a journey into a strange wilderness.S. ~Paul Erdos Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human . that is.So if a man's wit be wandering. It is the job of bank accountants.. they may always advance and can never recede.Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics. in the course of ages. to do correct arithmetical operations. for in demonstrations. if his wit be called away never so little. Anglin A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. ~Samuil Shchatunovski Trigonometry is a sine of the times. but to make complicated things simple.. ~Author Unknown Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway.

not in arithmetic. repose in activity. ~Eric Bell. 1949. calculus textbook The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. ~Alfred North Whitehead The tantalizing and compelling pursuit of mathematical problems offers mental absorption. battle without conflict.spirit. "refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings. ~Eric Hoffer. ~Morris Kline. Persecution is used in theology. Mathematics in Western Culture Mathematics is as much an aspect of culture as it is a collection of algorithms. a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings. ~Carl Boyer. Reflections On The Human Condition Mathematics is the only good metaphysics. peace of mind amid endless challenges. This is the hog-tie. ~William Thomson Baron Kelvin of Largs The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. ~Author Unknown The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. The Search for Truth Sometimes it is useful to know how large your zero is. and it is what Euclid did to geometry. ~Bertrand Russell ." and the sort of beauty changeless mountains present to sense tried by the present-day kaleidoscope of events.

its landscapes are a mass of indecipherable equations and incomprehensible concepts. ~Author Unknown The trouble with integers is that we have examined only the very small ones. as well as the servant. ~Harold Marston Morse Still more astonishing is that world of rigorous fantasy we call mathematics. modern mathematics is unknown territory. ~Gottfried Leibniz How many times can you subtract 7 from 83.Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. Maybe all the exciting stuff happens at really big numbers. ~Ludwig Wittgenstein. bathe. ~Robert Heinlein. ~Ivars Peterson With my full philosophical rucksack I can only climb slowly up the mountain of mathematics. and not make messes in the house. ~Gregory Bateson Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. Culture and Value But mathematics is the sister. ~Author Unknown To most outsiders. Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich with vivid images and provocative ideas. of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius. and what is left afterwards? You can subtract it as many times as you want. ones we can't . At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes. Its borders are protected by dense thickets of technical terms. and it leaves 76 every time. Time Enough for Love You may be an engineer if your idea of good interpersonal communication means getting the decimal point in the right place.

~Nicholas Eberstadt.. Our brains did not evolve to help us grasp really large numbers or to look at things in a hundred thousand dimensions. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10. ~Ronald L.. i. find where the berries are.e. or 50 times in all. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26. ~Mark Twain Can you do Division? Divide a loaf by a knife .000 of the light we receive from the Sun. from its decisions there is no appeal. Graham We could use up two Eternities in learning all that is to be learned about our own world and the thousands of nations that have arisen and flourished and vanished from it.. the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold. and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun.what's the answer to that? ~Lewis Carroll. Yet Mathesis and Poesy are of the closest kindred. ~Tobias Dantzig Although he may not always recognize his bondage. Through the Looking Glass Mathematics is the supreme judge. for they are both works of the imagination. modern man lives under a tyranny of numbers. and keep us from getting killed. The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation. Mathematics alone would occupy me eight million years. "Moreover. The Tyranny of Numbers: Mismeasurement and Misrule The mathematics are usually considered as being the very antipodes of Poesy.even begin to think about in any very definite way. ~Thomas Hill The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Heaven loses 50 times as ." Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun. as the light of seven days. Our brains have evolved to get us out of the rain. so we can ignore that..

and mathematics is a branch of theology. ~From Applied Optics. Distraction. because it allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness. He integrates empirically. The Life of Henri Brulard As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality. ~Albert Einstein. Uglification. ~Henri Poincaré . vol. ~Stendhal (Henri Beyle). that Heaven. they do not refer to reality..shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone..much heat as the Earth by radiation.Ambition. gives H as 798K (525C). [However] Revelations 21:8 says "But the fearful. We have." A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point. they are not certain... and I still do. anything that is true is a fact about God. ~Lewis Carroll [G]eometry is not true. and unbelieving. The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed. ~Paul Dirac To all of us who hold the Christian belief that God is truth. A14.. it is advantageous.. (H/E) temperature of the earth (-300K). 11. ~Albert Einstein If there is a God. he's a great mathematician. 1972 I used to love mathematics for its own sake. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation. and Derision. Sidelights on Relativity God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. ~Hilda Phoebe Hudson [T]he different branches of Arithmetic . and as far as they are certain. at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C. 444. then.6C...

Infinity is a floorless room without walls or ceiling. He was seized by the fidgets. and took up divinity. Who solved the square root of infinity. he gets busy with his mathematics and haunts the laboratory. ~Author Unknown . Franklin Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself. ~Author Unknown One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own. The Nature of the Physical World There was a young man from Trinity. ~Bertrand Russell God is real. ~Author Unknown Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world. but because we know so little. wiser even than their discoverers. Dropped science. that they are wiser than we are. it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.. While counting the digits.. ~Author Unknown If a healthy minded person takes an interest in science.S. ~Author Unknown There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary and those who don't. ~Heinrich Hertz In the binary system we count on our fists instead of on our fingers. unless declared integer. ~W. ~Arthur Stanley Eddington.

a shady character who won't think twice about .The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. Kronecker to the contrary notwithstanding. ~Hermann Hankel Twice two makes four seems to me simply a piece of insolence. Twice two makes four is a pert coxcomb who stands with arms akimbo barring your path and spitting. ~Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky I know that two and two make four . but if we are to give everything its due. There is no problem in the whole of mathematics which cannot be solved by direct counting. ~Euclid In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built and what one has established another undoes. Twelve is upright. ~Ernst Mach Nature does not count nor do integers occur in nature. intelligent.though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 & 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure. whereas thirteen is a loner. That's subtraction.& should be glad to prove it too if I could . The Way Things Are A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars. for example. ~Mae West I've dealt with numbers all my life. twice two makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too. and after a while you begin to feel that each number has a personality of its own. Lord Byron Mathematics may be defined as the economy of counting. Man made them all. of course. ~George Gordon. integers and all the rest. A twelve is very different from a thirteen. In mathematics alone each generations adds a new story to the old structure. ~Percy William Bridgman. I admit that twice two makes four is an excellent thing. conscientious.

Natural History Uneven numbers are the gods' delight..because like Spinoza's God. a bland figure who always does what he's told. more of a gamble than poker. ~John Kemeny Although I am almost illiterate mathematically. "Of the Conservation of Youth. 1912 The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization. ~Philip J. It is more absorbing than chess. and lasts longer than Monopoly... ~Richard J. Davis Pure mathematics is the world's best game.Archimedes did it in a bathtub. ~Paul Auster. Eleven is tough. nine is deep and mystical. I grasped very early in life that any one who can count to ten can count upward indefinitely if he is fool enough to do so." The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks A million thanks to Norm & Andy for submitting some of these quotes! . The Music of Chance Why do we believe that in all matters the odd numbers are more powerful? ~Pliny the Elder. an outdoorsman who likes tramping through woods and scaling mountains. It can be played anywhere . It's free. Trudeau.breaking the law to get what he wants. ~Virgil. ten is rather simpleminded. Dots and Lines I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe . The Eclogues One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories. ~Bertrand Russell. a Buddha of contemplation. ~Robertson Davies. it won't love us in return.

then it necessarily ensues that the sum of the angles of the triangle is equal to two right angles. The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness. since he who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of the world. To Thales the primary question was not what do we know. . There is nothing strange in the circle being the origin of any and every marvel. Such a man is the life according to reason. but saturated with it. If this is a straight line [showing his audience a straight line drawn by a ruler].Archimedes of Syracus (287-212 B. The so-called Pythagoreans. E) Now what is characteristic of any nature is that which is best for it and gives most joy. since it is that which makes him man. We cannot . not only advanced this subject. Physics. and Nature ever seeks an end. Mathematics is the door and key to the sciences. E) Give me a place to stand. if the sum is not equal to two right angles. euraka! Don't spoil my circles! (or Do not disturb my circles!) There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics. Roger Bacon (1214-1294) In mathematics I can report no deficience. they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.. but how do we know it.. Eureka. Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge. which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree. It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. and conversely. C. The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisibles that are infinitely divisible. prove geometrical truths by arithmetic. C. then neither is the triangle rectilinear. and I will move the earth. except it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of the Pure Mathematics. But Nature flies from the infinite. for the infinite is unending or imperfect. who were the first to take up mathematics. Aristotle (384-322 B.

Geoge Cantor (1845-1918) The essence of mathematics is its freedom. every transfinite set. Heri Bergson (1859-1941) One can always reason with reason. that is. nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimaera. but I don't believe it.. Of these sciences the gate and key is mathematics. Janos Bolyai (1802-1860) I have created a new universe from nothing. every transfinite consistent multiplicity. mathematics is absolutely necessary and useful to the other sciences.. which the saints discovered at the beginning of the world. there exist beyond dispute sets which are infinite. Mathematics is entirely free in its development. No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be.. I see it. . One must do not violence to nature. and are co-ordinated with concepts introduced previously by means of precise definitions. There are four great sciences . In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it. one ought never to be satisfied that there was not something imperfect about it until it also gives the impression of being beautiful. . Even in the realm of things which do not claim actuality.. Bernhard Bolzano (1781-1848) My special pleasure in mathematics rested particularly on its purely speculative part. must have a definite aleph as its cardinal number. and its concepts are only linked by the necessity of being consistent. George Boole (1815-1869) It is not of the essence of mathematics to be occupied with the ideas of number and quantity. and do not even claim possibility.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650) I think.. Nature to him (Newton) was an open book. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) So far as the theories of mathematics are about reality. whoever finds it knows as much as can known about it. No one has ever surpassed me in constructing figures by means of proofs. C) Found. everything else is opinion. Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. Take what you need. Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare. Give me extension and motion and I will construct the universe. Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity. whose letters he could read without effort. as they are called. I do not understand it myself anymore. they are not certain. but not proven. I don't believe in mathematics. Nothing exists except atoms and empty space.. that is to say some sure and certain reasons. they are not about reality. With me everything turns into mathematics. therefore I am. God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. and you will obtain that for which you wish! Only having one truth about each object. Democritus (460-370 B. I would rather discover one scientific fact than become King of Persia. The main thing is to use it well. act as you must. the two operations of our understanding. He integrates empirically. on wh ich alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge. It is not enough to have a good mind. so far as they are certain. Everything existing in the Universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. not even the Egyptian ``harpedouaptes''(knotters of ropes or geometry). There have been only Mathematicians who were able to find some proofs. intuition and deduction. . In order to seek truth it is necessary once in the course of our life to doubt as far as possible all things. I assure you that mine are greater. .

resistless. Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) Arithmetic has began to totter. joined with art. its size and its substance.Euclid of Alexandria (325-265 B. a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible.E) There is no royal road to geometry. . "What do I get by learning these things?" So Euclid called a slave and said "Give him threepence. And perhaps.at least not by human reason for human reason. One sees by that. C.C." Eudoxus of Cnidus (408-355 B. but the margin is too narrow to contain it. inquired. Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665) To divide a cube into two other cubes. and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this. art my goddess. Every good mathematician is at least half a philosopher. What are numbers? What is the nature of arithmetical truth? Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855)-German Thou. to thy laws My Services are bound. and every good philosopher is at least half a mathematician. Euripides (485-406 B. nature. what should be understood by a class composed from two or more class. when he had learnt the first proposition. A youth who had begun to read geometry with Euclid. I am ever more convinced that the necessity of our geometry cannot be proved . since he must make a gain out of what he learns. E) Willingly would I burn to death like Phaeton. posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything. C. E) Mighty is geometry. were this the price for reaching the sun and learning its shape.

Mathematics is concerned only with the enumeration and comparison of relations. to the formalization of large tracts of it. I confess that Fermat's Theorem as an isolated proposition has very little interest for me. Kurt Godel (1906-1978) Nothing new had been done in Logic since Aristotle! Either mathematics is too big for the human mind or the human mind is more than a machine.. Paul Albert Gordan (1837-1912) This (axiomatic math) is no longer mathematics. Pure Mathematics is the theory of forms. The development of mathematics towards greater precision has led. I don't believe in natural science. .. so that one can prove any theorem using nothing but a few mechanical rules. The total number of Dirichlet's publications is not large: jewels are not weighed on a grocery scale.a consistency proof for [any] system .. Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and number theory is the queen of mathematics.. I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them. God does arithmetic. can be carried out only by means of modes of inference that are not formalized in the system . Jacques Salomon Hadamard (1865-1963) Can the existence of a mathematical entity be proved without definiing it ? The shortest path between two truths in the real domain passes through the complex domain. itself.. it is theology. as is well known. which one could neither prove nor dispose of. Hermann Gunter Grassmann (1809-1877) Pure Mathematics is the science of the individual object in as much as it is born in thought. . because I could easily lay down a multitude of such propositions..

to which we have access only with our mind. and stuty them. if I am not mistaken. (refer to Chair. as do the physicists. we will know. Analysis takes back with one hand what it gives with the other. an entire world which is the totality of mathematical truths. I recoil in fear and loathing from that deplorable evil: continuous functions with no derivatives. . or of their images. I believe that numbers and functions of Analysis are not the arbitrary result of our minds. To parents who despair because their children are unable to master the first problems in arithmetic I can dedicate my examples. a pure theory of forms. For. Charles Hermite (1822-1901) Turn away with fear and horror from this lamentable plague of continuous functions that do not have a derivative. table. until the seventh grade I was last or nearly last. both of divine creation. In Mathematics alone each generation adds a new storey to the old structure. but objects of thought to which may correspond effectives or relations. We are servants rather than masters in mathematics. with the same character of necessity as the things of objective reality. even though such a correspondence is not necessary. and what one has established. beer-mug as point. line and plane for axioms) Mathematics is a game played according to certain rules with meaningless marks on paper. in arithmetic. the one like the other independent of ourselves. the chemists and the zoologists. There exists. just as a world of physical reality exists. Let us consider three distinct systems of things. and one can say that the whole progress of civilization rests on that principle. which has as its purpose. David Hilbert (1862-1943) We must know. Logic merely sanctions the conquests of the intuition. Practical application is found by not looking for it. and we meet them or discover them. not the combination of quantities. another undoes. Hermann Hankel (1839-1873) purely intellectual. In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built. I think that they exist outside of us. the numbers.

That share in it accorded to men is one of the reasons that Man is the image of God. The real end of science is the honour of the human mind. before we come to [special] creation. It will not be possible to elucidate it (refers to Grammer rule for degenerate coefficent matrix) briefly. Truth is the daughter of time. No one will expel us from this paradise Cantor has created for us. the cultural world is one country. The finest product (Cantor's work on set theory) of mathematical genius and one of the supreme achievments of purly intellectual human activity. which puts an end to all discussion: I think we should try everything else. for mathematics. The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.] If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years. Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries. you know something about it. Mathematics is the science of what is clear by itself. The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) However. since you have published so many poorer papers. [On the proposed appointment of the first woman professor. God ever arithmetizes. my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven? Carl Gustav Jacobi (1804-1851) It is a pity that you (Gauss) did not publish this result. and I feel no shame in being her midwife. Lord William Thomson Kelvin (1824-1907) When you can measure what you are talking about and express it in numbers. Geometry is one and eternal shining in the mind of God. I have tried to avoid long numerical computations. The faculty is not a pool changing room. thereby following Riemann's postulate that proofs should be given through ideas and not voluminous computations. . The God that reigns in Olympus is Number Eternal. One should always generalize.

. Proofs of the Euclidean [parallel] postulate can be developed to such an extent that apparently a mere trifle remains. if you are enraged with me.having tasted this food they can never give it up.. As long as algebra and geometry have been separated. I shall rejoice. I used to measure the Heavens. Leopold Kronecker (1823-1891) God created the natural number. if God himself has stood ready for six thousand years for one to study him. I should almost therefore put forward the proposal that the third hypothsis (angle sum of a triangle less than two right angles) holds on the surface of an imaginary sphere. Johann Lambert (1728-1777) This hypothesis (Parallel hypothesis) would not destroy itself at all easily. and all the rest is the work of man Of what use is your (Lindemann's proof of transcendental of pi) beautiful investigation regarding pi ? Why study such problems when irrational numbers do not exist ? Number theorists are like lotus-eaters . The mind belonged to Heaven. the body's shadow lies here. See. It is in the works of applications that one must study them... Whether it is to be read by the people of the present or of the future makes no difference: let it await its reader for a hundred years. and I write the book. and have marched together towards perfection. . I cast the die. But a careful analysis shows that in this seeming trifle lies the crux of the matter. but when these two sciences have been united. If you forgive me. usually it contains either the proposition that is being proved or a postulate equivalent to it. far far away from the boundaries of Egypt. I shall bear it. their progress have been slow and their uses limited. now I measure the shadows of Earth. they have lent each mutual forces. one judges their ability there and one apprises the manner of making use of them.I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them. Joseph Louis Lagrange (1736-1813) I must meditate further on this (this refers to Parallel Postulate) I regard as quite useless the reading of large treatises of pure analysis: too large a number of methods pass at once before the eyes.

What we know is not much. It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by means of ten symbols. of which the system of the world will offer us numerous examples. each symbol receiving a value of position as well as an absolute value. by shortening the labors. But there are several proofs which have resisted their efforts. and have even substituted extensive theories for the isolated propositions of Fermat. a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit. Read Euler: he is our master in everything. are one of the most beautiful monuments ever erected to science.. who have not distained this kind of research. constructed by means of new techniques based principally on the calculus of differences. It is interesting thus to follow the intellectual truths of analysis in the phenomena of nature. Andrien-Marie Legendre (1752-1833) These . makes one of the greatest charms attached to mathematicall speculations. But its very simplicity and the great ease which it has lent to computations put our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions. In truth. Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) The invention of logarithms. who cultivated the theory of numbers with so much success. two of the greatest men produced by antiquity. what he had done was much the better half. tables (values of trignometry functions). Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) Taking mathematics from the beginning of the world to the time when Newton lived. . This correspondence. All the effects of nature are only mathematical results of a small number of immutable laws. have proved most of these theorems. Messrs Euler and Lagrange. I am undecided wheter or not the Milky Way is but one of countless others all of which form an entire system. and we shall appreciate the grandeur of the achievement the more when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius. It is a matter for considerable regret that Fermat.. did not leave us with the proofs of the theorems he discovered. Perhaps the light from these infinitely distant galaxies is so faint that we cannot see them. double the life of the astronomer. What we do not know is immense.

I now demonstrate the frame of the System of the World. it is able to accomplish so much. place and motion. like the most ancient. Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity. It is the glory of geometry that from so few principles. almost an amphibian between being and not being. it was only because I stood on the shoulders of giants. I will not define time. in my opinion more interesting than the inventions themselves. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic. Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) If I have been able to see further. strove to subordinate the phenomena of nature to the laws of mathematics. fetched from without. The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting. is like the art of decyphering. He who understands Archimedes and Apollonius will admire less the achievements of the foremost men of later times. It is rare to find learned men who are clean. (refers to Charles Louis De Secondat Montesquieu and to the Dutches of Orleans) Nothing is more important than to see the sources of invention which are. but requires them to be drawn. John Von Neumann (1903-1957) We must regard classical mathematics as a combinatorial game played with symbols.. Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines. do not stink and have a sense of humour. God created everything by number. but counting unconsciously. Miracles are not to be multiplied beyond necessity. in which an ingenious conjecture greatly shortens the road.from the same principles. The art of discovering the causes of phenomena. weight and measure. and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. The imaginary number is a fine and wonderful resource of the human spirit. The latest authors. or true hypothesis. as being well known to all. belongs to mechanics. . upon which geometry is founded. .. space. (Principia Mathematica) I feign no hypotheses. The description of right lines and circles.

I have to do as painters do. Our nature consists in movement. Geometry will draw the soul t oward truth and create the spirit of philosophy. He is unworthy of the name of man who is ignorant of the fact that the diagonal of a square is incommensurable with its side. impotent reason. I have made this letter longer than usual. Plato's Academy Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here. amusing. C. nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. Humble thyself. The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal. Plato (429-347 B. because I lack the time to make it short. I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless. stand back and view it from a distance. No nature except an extraordinary one could ever easily formulate a theory. He who can properly define and divide is to be considered a god. Also.Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)(3rd children of Etienne Pascal (1588-1640)) It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. The excitement that a gambler feels when making a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning it. but not too great a distance. Whatever we Greeks receive we improve and perfect. It is not certain that everything is uncertain. Contradiction is not a sign of falsity. The more I see of men. not too difficult. E). but at the same time I know that it is so useless that I make little distinction between a man who is only a mathematician and a common artisan. Mathematics is like draughts [checkers] in being suitable for the young. the better I like my dog. I call it the most beautiful profession in the world. but it is only a profession. How great? Guess. and without peril to the state. To speak freely of mathematics. . absolute rest is death. Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. The ludicrous state of solid geometry made me pass over this branch. Always substitute mentally the definitions in place of the defined. One must have altogether a wrong spirit to reason badly about principles so great that it is almost impossible for them to escape. I find it the highest exercise of the spirit.

both conscious and subconscious. about all a mathematician. But as never means "in no case". Mathematicians do not study objects. experiences in his work the same impression as an artist. I do not see that any progress has been made. not made. I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things. without anything in my former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it. arithmetic is a kind of knowledge in which the best natures should be trained. small or great are never born of spontaneous generation They always presuppose a soil seeded with preliminary knowledge and well prepared by labour. Thought is only a flash between two long nights. that the transformations I had used to define the Fuchsian functions were identical with non-Euclidean geometry. it can only be more convenient. but relations between objects. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. Science is built up with facts. Later mathematicians will regard set theory as a disease from which one has recovered. Thus. Zero is the number of objects that satisfy a condition that is never satisfied. . Diadochus Proclus (410-485) . they are free to replace some objects by others so long as the relations remain unchanged. One geometry cannot be more true than another. Content to them is irrelevant: they are interested in form only. and which must not be given up.. Mathematical discoveries. Matthew Prior (1664-1721) Circles to square and cubes to double would give a man exercise trouble. Henri Poincare (1854-1912) How can intuition deceive us at this point ? Facts do not speak. but this flash is everything. his pleasure is as great and of the same nature. Mathematicians are born. A scientist worthy of his name. I entered an omnibus to go to some place or other. [As opposed to the quotation: Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing]. It (logic) is no longer sterile. it begets contradictions. At that moment when I put my foot on the step the idea came to me. as a house is with stones..

It is well known that geometry presupposes not only the concept of space but also the first fundamental notions for constructions in space as given in . since everything which is in process of becoming progresses from the imperfect to the perfect. Pythagoras (572-497 B. taking its origin from the measurement of areas. music the relations between quantities. A quantity can be considered in regard to its character by itself or in relation to another quantity. therefore. geometry was first discovered among the Egyptians. E) and Pythagorean All was numbers. then. either the reality on which our space is based must form a discrete manifold or else the reason for the metric relationships must be sought for. What remains to be resovled is the question of knowing to what extent and up to what point these hypotheses are found to be confirmed by experience. Bernard Riemann (1826-1866) If only I had the theorems! Then I should find the proofs easily enough. Number is the ruler of forms and ideas. the other half with magnitude. she brings to light our intrinsic ideas. Nor is there anything surprising in that the discovery both of this and of the other sciences should have had its origin in a practical need. and each of these they posited as twofold. This. geometry magnitude at rest. magnitudes as either stationary or in motion. Arithmetic. in the binding forces acting on it. Number rules the universe. and the cause of gods and demons. According to most accounts.C. For they found it necessary by reason of the flooding of the Nile. she awakens the mind and purifies the intellect. The Pythagoreans considered all mathematical science to be divided into four parts: one half they marked off as concerned with quantity. Number was the substance of all things. There is geometry in the humming of the strings. is Mathematics: She reminds you of the invisible forms of the soul. she abolishes oblivion and ignorance which are ours by birth .. Wherever there is number. Geometry is knowledge of the eternally existent. there is beauty. spherics magnitude inherently moving. she gives life to her own discoveries.. Therefore. which wiped out everybody's proper boundaries. externally. studies quantity as such.

but we live in details. nor a priori whether it is possible. It only gives nominal definitions for them. Joseph Alfred Serret (1819-1885) Algebra is. and so that the novelty is always reflected upon a background of system. "Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. one sees neither whether and in how far their connection is necessary. C. Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it. Order is not sufficient. Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl (1885-1955) .advance. to name the most renowned of modern writers on geometry. and distrust it. Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas. while the essential means of determining them appear in the form of axioms. We think in generalities. From Euclid to Legendre. No Roman ever lost his life because he was absorbed in the contemplation of a mathematical diagram. The science of pure mathematics may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit. E) The understanding of mathematics is necessary for a sound grasp of ethics. properly speaking. It is order entering upon novelty. Let us grant that the pusuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit. What is required. Seek simplicity. the Analysis of equations. is something much more complex. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) Algebra reverses the relative importance of the factors in ordinary language. this darkness has been lifted neither by the mathematicians nor the philosophers who have laboured upon it. so that the massiveness of order does not degenerate into mere repetition. Socrates (469-399 B. The relationship of these presumptions is left in the dark. Algebra is the intellectual instrument which has been create for rendering clear the quantitative aspect of the world.

"You do not study mathematics because it helps you build a bridge.. half monotony and one-eighth epiphany. the angel of topology and the devil of abstract algebra are fighting for every mathematical domain.self-evidence . but as time goes on.." Hosea 4:6 "A teacher's day is half bureaucracy. In our time.. half crisis." — Albert Einstein "Numbers rule the universe. You study mathematics because it is the poetry of the universe." Pythagoras c." Galileo . beauty. then the formula of consistency cannot be proved within this game." --Johnathan David Farley.. Its beauty transcends mere things." Susan Ohanian "Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe. and perfection. E) The gods did not reveal all things to men at the start. C. God exists since mathematics is consistent. they discover more and more. everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.. . I would like to throttle the man who wrote this book. by searching. must not be confused with .550 B. Never mind the arithmetic. Xenophanes (570-475 B. as wide or narrow as you may define its meaning. Orono. provability. If the game of mathematics is actually consist. and the devil exists since its consistency cannot be proved. Logic is the hygiene the mathematician practices to keep his ideas healthy and strong.C. is one idea by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order. Me. Symmetry. "The people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. "Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count.. Ernst Zermelo (1871-1953) No mathematical error can be demonstrated in my [earlier] proof.

" ~Rosie O'Donnell~ "What is best in mathematics deserves not merely to be learned as a task but to be assimilated as a part of daily thought. because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and highest responsibility anyone could have." ~Bertrand Russell ..The mind that turns regularly to geometry is unlikely to fall into error. it's just that I stay with problems longer.. Mysticism and Logic." ~Bertrand Russell.. "Mathematics possesses not only truth. there is beauty. love what you do. 14th Century Islamic historical work "Mathematics. and deliver more than you promise. rightly viewed. 1917 "Geometry enlightens the mind and sets one's mind straight. They simply represent the experience."The different branches of mathematics: ambition." Lewis Carroll "Just as music comes alive in the performance of it.D. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine men in the bonds of Hell." ~Albert Einstein "The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophesies.. but supreme beauty." ~Harvey McKay~ "It's not that I'm so smart." ~Bertrand Russell~ "Do what you love. the same is true of mathematics. but supreme beauty. distraction." ~St. Augustine actually a mistranslation (who knew?) : more info here "The true spirit of delight." -Proclus (410-485 A.which is the touchstone of the highest excellence. is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry. and derision." ~The Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun.) "In a completely rational society. " Bertrand Russell "Wherever there is number. " Mathematics: The Science of Patterns by Keith Devlin. possesses not only truth. We have computers." ~ Lee Iacocca ~ "I think there's no way they should have to teach [math] now. the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less. and brought again and again before the mind with ever-renewed encouragement. We no longer need to know why 3x = 2y/4. the exaltation. uglification. The symbols on the page have no more to do with mathematics than the notes on a page of music.

" "Mathematics is the gate and key to science. frees it from prejudice. 10.W." ~Proclus ~Roger Bacon "The science of pure mathematics. so for mathematical theory: beauty can be perceived but not explained.. As for everything else. 3. Eves . speaking of understanding the universe "Wherever there is a number. 5. Even Technical skill is mastery of complexity.." ~Carl Friedrich Gauss ".—C.." ~Alfred North Whitehead "When we cannot use the compass of mathematics or the torch of experience.. A formal manipulator in mathematics often experiences the discomforting feeling that his pencil surpasses him in intelligence. 9.C.—Blaise Pascal The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with facts for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life. and superstition. Zeeman Mathematical knowledge adds vigour to the mind. —John Arbuthnot 4. —Arthur Cayley 2.—E. and its characters are triangles.."Mathematics is the queen of science. 7. It is that they cannot see the problem. circles. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. there is beauty.—GK Chesterton The measure of our intellectual capacity is the capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better and better problems. discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics"--Siméon Poisson 1. may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.it is written in the language of mathematics.--Howard W. 6. It isn’t that they cannot see the solution. —Havelock Ellis The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.. —John Adams 11. credulity." ~Galileo.—Howard W. Creativity is mastery of simplicity. in its modern developments.it is certain we cannot take a single step forward. Churchmann The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought. 8. — Ernest Renan An expert problem solver must be endowed with two incompatible quantities: a restless imagination and a patient pertinacity. and other geometrical figures." ~Voltaire "Life is good for only two things.

—On the lever in Pappus Synagoge 20. Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.—Lewis Carroll 14.—Newton 21. Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics. let him study the mathematics. So if a man's wit be wandering.—W. it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is. You have to run as fast as you can just to stay where you are. for in demonstrations. —Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) 19. this surely is the ideal. The main thing is to use it well. and the real explorers have gone elsewhere. and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. passion with correctness. Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit. —Tobias Dantzig . Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will. is one of the means by which we rise to a complete selfconsciousness. Pure mathematics is. by informing us of the nature of our own minds it informs us of much that depends on our minds. The significance of mathematics resides precisely in the fact that it is an art. The union of the mathematician with the poet. Anglin 29.—Francis Bacon. Mathematics. —Rene Descartes 23. —Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) 16. Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway. where the explorers often get lost.—Alfred North Whitehead 30.— Henry David Thoreau 17. How could youths better learn to live than by once trying the experiment of living? Methinks this would educate their minds as much as mathematics. he must begin again. If people do not believe that mathematics is simple. a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings. It is not enough to have a good mind. fervor with measure. Mathematics is the supreme judge. from its decisions there is no appeal. Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.—Albert Einstein 26.1910) 18. the poetry of logical ideas. in its way. Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. —John William Navin Sullivan (1886-1937) 15. but a journey into a strange wilderness.O Oakley 13. "Of Studies" 27.S. Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity.—William James (1842 . you'll have to run much faster.—John Louis von Neumann 25. The study of mathematics cannot be replaced by any other activity that will train and develop man's purely logical faculties to the same level of rationality. If you want to get anywhere. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made. as much as music or any other art. I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.—C. —Dean Schlicter 28.12. —Rene Descartes 24. —Blaise Pascal 22. if his wit be called away never so little.

—Alfred North Whitehead 41. and work out your think.—Bernard Baruch 47.exhausting." --Charles Darwin .-. there's no progress. There is a difference between not knowing and not knowing yet. you must want to be taught.—Bebe Moore Campbell 40.31. You live your life between your ears.. in spite of the whine of the amateur for three. Questions are creative acts of intelligence. To learn. Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. —Henry Ford 39..is at its heart. —Albert Einstein Mathematics Quotes and Quotation GENERAL "A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there. an intellectual and ethical enterprise. never twice the same -. Mathematics is no more computation than typing is literature. W.—Shelia Tobias 46. idiosyncratic. Do not falter or shrink. The work of a teacher -. The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination.–Proverbs 12:1 38. It is clear that the chief end of mathematical study must be to make the students think. Millions saw the apple fall. The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.—William Ayres 37. —Frank Kingdon 35. or the cry of the critic for five. If there's no struggle.Paul Halmos 43. Failure is the opportunity to begin again. but Newton asked why. complex. —Nixon Waterman 45. Just think out your work. The purpose of computing is insight. more intelligently. Teaching is the vocation of vocations. not numbers!—R. The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment. —John Allen Paulos 33. Two and two the mathematician continues to make four. —Augustus de Morgan 34.—James McNeill Whistler 36. Hamming 44.—Frederick Douglass 42. —John Wesley Young 32.

like diamonds. they do not refer to reality. to which not only the actual word." --Karl Friedrich Gauss "God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. and make measurable what is not so." -Abraham Kaplan "Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things. mathematics make them sad and theology makes them sinful." --Albert Einstein "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts. there will be prayer in school." --Adam Smith "If your experiment needs statistics. and will be touched with nothing but strict reasoning. discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics. He integrates empirically." --Albert Einstein "As long as algebra is taught in school. amusing." -Martin Luther "No human investigation can be called real science if it cannot be demonstrated mathematically." -Aldous Huxley "I don't believe in mathematics." --Galileo Galilei "Medicine makes people ill. must conform." --Carl Jacobi "Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense." --George Polye "Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper." --Simeon Poisson "Mathematical proofs. But excessive devotion to it is a bad thing." -Leonardo da Vinci . you ought to have done a better experiment. and as far as they are certain. not too difficult." -Andrew Lang "He who can properly define and divide is to be considered a god." --Albert Einstein "From the intrinsic evidence of his creation." --David Hilbert "[Mathematics] is an independent world created out of pure intelligence." --John Locke "Mathematics consists of proving the most obvious thing in the least obvious way.for support rather than illumination." --Jules Henri Poincare "Mathematics is the only instructional material that can be presented in an entirely undogmatic way." --Plato "How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?" --Bertrand Russell "I admit that mathematical science is a good thing. I assure you mine are far greater." --Plato "I have no faith in political arithmetic." --Sir James Jeans "God does arithmetic." --Charles Darwin "Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity. are hard and clear." -. but every possible word. "A topologist is one who doesn't know the difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup." --Plato "Mathematics is not yet capable of coping with the naïveté of the mathematician himself." --Albert Einstein "I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. and without peril to the state." --Cokie Roberts "Do not worry about your problems with mathematics." --Ernest Rutherford "Life is good for only two things." --William Wordsworth "Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young. the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician." --Bertrand Russell "Measure what is measurable." --John Kelley "As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality." --Max Dehn "Mathematics is the science of what is clear by itself. they are not certain.

The knowledge doesn't make life any sweeter or happier. B ECAUSE STARTS WITH "ZERO" BUT IT NEVER END (INFINITY)." --Rene Descartes "Pure mathematics. and statistics." --Plato "The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.. Paul Dirac 185 ." --M." --Havelock Ellis "The science of mathematics presents the most brilliant example of how pure reason may successfully enlarge its domain without the aid of experience." --Emmanuel Kant "The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with facts for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life." --David Hilbert "The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal. IT IS ONLY BECAUSE T HEY DO NOT REALIZE HOW C OMPLICATED LIFE IS ." --Benajamin Disraeli "There is no branch of mathematics.. may it never be of any use to anyone." --David Mumford Maths quotes what famous people saying about mathematics MATHEMATICS IS A GREAT MOTIVATOR FOR ALL HUMANS ." --Henry John Stephen Smith "Sex is the mathematics urge sublimated.. damned lies.. which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world. surrounded by people who declare with an odd sort of pride that they are mathematically illiterate. HE ' S A GREAT MATHEMATIC IAN . 1127 173 Vignesh R ITS CAREER IF PEOPLE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT MATHEMATICS IS SIMPLE .A SIMPLE IDEA BUT CAN GET COMPLICATED. although I cannot see why it is so very important. 552 112 Tobias Dantzig MATHEMATICS IS LIKE TRUE LOVE. 516 131 Ricky Gakhar IF THERE IS A 511 G OD .. Reed "Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity. almost an amphibian between being and not being." --Gottfried Whilhem Liebniz "The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man. C. I do not understand it myself anymore." --Ernest Renan "There are three kinds of lies: lies." --Max Rosenlicht "I am accustomed. "Now I feel as if I should succeed in doing something in mathematics." --Albert Einstein "Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance.." --Morris Kline "The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality. as a professional mathematician." --David Hilbert "The imaginary number is a fine and wonderful recourse of the divine spirit. however abstract. to living in a sort of vacuum. does it?" --Helen Keller "Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare." --Nikolai Lobatchevsky "You know we all became mathematicians for the same reason: we were lazy.

THEY JUST TEND TO IN FINITY . I T IS MORE ABSORBING THAN CHESS . 283 102 Kiran B. Darwin P URE MATHEMATICS IS T HE WORLD ' S BEST GAME . 247 66 Dean Schlicter ''T HE MOST INCOMPREHENSIBLE ABOUT COMPREHENSIBLE ''. I T ' S FREE . R EALLY GREAT MINDS DI SCUSS MATHEMATICS . THE LESS SURE YOU ARE . 157 46 Simeon Poisson M ATHEMATICS 157 IS THE ART OF GIVING THE SAME NAME TO DIFFERENT THINGS . 387 73 Anon G REAT MINDS O LD MATH TEACHERS NEV ER DIE . THEN YOU ALSO ABLE T O SOLVE THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE" (M ATHS IS A GREAT C HALLENGER ) 278 55 Vignesh GO DOWN DEEP ENOUGH I NTO ANYTHING AND YOU WILL FIND MATHEMATIC S . I T CAN BE PLAYED ANYWHERE . Trudeau. DISCUSS IDEAS . 126 35 Roger Bacon A MATHEMATICIAN IS A B LIND MAN IN A DARK ROOM LOOKING FOR A BL ACK CAT WHICH ISN ' T THERE 180 92 Charles R. 50 Henri Poincare T HE THINGS OF THIS WO RLD CANNOT BE MADE K NOWN WITHOUT A KNOWLEDGE OF MATHEMATICS . Dots and Lines T HE MORE YOU KNOW . A VERAGE MINDS DISCUSS EVENTS .S MALL MINDS DISCUSS PERSONS . 112 29 Richard J. Q UEEN AJ OF S CIENCE L IFE IS GOOD FOR ONLY TWO THINGS . 332 92 Unknown "I F YOU ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS IN MATHS.A RCHIMEDES DID IT IN A BATHTUB . DISCOVERING MATHEMATICS AND TEACHING MATHEMATICS . Mali M ATHEMATICS IS THAT I T IS M ATHS ---> K ING 239 OF 78 A RTS . MORE OF A GAMBLE THA N POKER . AND LASTS LONGER THAN M ONOPOLY .

88 35 Albert Einstein I ASSURE YOU THAT IN MATHEMATICS YOU DO N ' T UNDERSTAND THINGS . 50 Eric Temple Bell 111 I NFINITY IS A FLOORLE SS ROOM WITHOUT WALL S OR CEILING . MINE ARE GREATER . BEGINS IN MINUTENESS BUT ENDS IN "O BVIOUS " IS THE MOST DANGEROU S WORD IN MATHEMATIC S . 90 30 Unknown M ATHEMATICS 102 IS A GAME PLAYED ACCORDING TO CERTAIN SIMPLE RULES WITH MEANINGLESS MARKS ON PAPER . 117 51 Richard van der Merwe "T HE STUDY OF MATHEMATICS . LIKE THE MAGNIFICENCE " 82 20 Charles caleb cotton N ILE . I F YOU LEAVE FOR A TI ME HE FORGET YOU AND YOU FORGET HIM . YET NO ONE HAS EVER FOUND OUT WHAT THE V ALUE OF " X " OR " Y " REALLY IS .118 39 Voltaire MATHEMATICS "PROBLEMS"!! 107 HAVE 40 S TRONG H EART ! S O ONLY . . 122 56 Unknown T HERE IS SOMETHING I DON ' T UNDERSTAND ABOUT ALGEBRA : I T HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS . 79 27 Johann von Neumann Y OU JUST GET USED TO THEM . TRY THREE . 66 12 Muhammad Ahmed DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YO UR DIFFICULTIES IN MATHEMATICS . IT WILL FACE SO MANY Vignesh R (India) IF TWO WRONGS DON ' T MAKE A RIGHT . 45 David Hilbert M ATHS IS YOUR FRIEND I F YOU MEET WITH HIM EVERY DAY . HE BECOMES YOUR BEST FRIEND .

50 PERCENT PROOFS . 47 13 Jayanth Eric T HE ONLY WORLD IN THI S UNIVERSE IS 95 63 Kiran B. I F MATHEMATICS TO KEEP HAPPY . Albert Einstein ESSENCE OF MATHEM ATICS RESIDES IN ITS FREEDOM . Unknown 50 PERCENT FORMULAS . 77 40 Phil Pastoret YOUR S OMETIMES 76 IT IS USEFU L TO KNOW HOW LARGE YOUR ZERO IS . Georg Cantor HE INTEGRATES M ATHEMATICS IS MADE O F PERCENT IMAGINATION . Tobias Dantzig PULSE OF THE EART H IS MATHEMATICS Hithesh DOES NOT CARE ABO UT OUR MATHEMATICAL DIFFICULTIES . 71 35 Alfred Renyi I AM HAPPY . 40 Unknown IF I FEEL UNHAPPY . TRY PUTTING THREE DO G BISCUITS IN POCKET AND THEN GIVI NG TOMMY ONLY TWO OF THEM . . Carl Sandburg B LACK HOLES RESULT FROM Unknown G OD DIVIDING THE UNIV ERSE BY ZERO . EMPIRICALLY . AND MAKE MEASURABLE WHAT IS NOT SO . M ATHEMATICS T HE G OD T HE IS THE SU PREME JUDGE . I DO EVERY IDIOT CALLS A MATHEMATICIAN A IDIOT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T MEASURE THEIR INTELLIGENCE. Mali 'MATHEMATICS'. AND 50 M EASURE WHAT IS MEASU RABLE . FROM ITS DECISIONS T HERE IS NO APPEAL . I DO MATHEMATICS TO BE COME HAPPY .A RITHMETIC IS WHERE N UMBERS FLY LIKE PIGE ONS IN AND OUT OF YOUR HEAD . Galileo Galilei I F YOU THINK DOGS CAN ' T COUNT .

IN A VERY NARROW FIELD .. ARE HARD AND CLEAR ..A PLLY IT IN THE LIFE ALSO WE CAN LEAD OUR LIFE HAPPILY . 61 31 Ben Franklin M ATHEMATICAL 49 PROOFS ... WHICH CAN BE MADE .... AND WILL BE TOUCHED WITH NOTHING BUT STRICT REASONING . LIKE DIAMONDS ... 38 13 Niels Bohr MATHS AND LIFE IS SA ME . 20 John Locke T HE PERSON WHO CAN SO LVE MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS . 12 Syawal W HEN WE KNOW HOW TO S OLVE IT . 43 20 Claude Bragdon ON THE HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE VERY M ATHEMATICS 34 IS LIKE A RAIN .M ATHS TELLU THAT EVERY PROBLEM AS SOLUTION . WE CAN FIND NUMBER O F SOLUTIONS FOR ONE PROBLEM . 50 28 Augustus de Morgan . 53 26 swetha T HE HIGHEST FORM OF PURE THOUGHT IS IN MA THEMATICS 50 23 Plato M ATHEMATICS 38 IS THE BR AIN ' S SHARPENER . 11 Angeliza Ampeloquio... CAN LEAD LIFE EASILY . ALSO GET KNOWLEDGE .! THE MORE YOU PLAY .. WE WILL IT IS EASIER TO SQUARE THE CIRCLE THAN TO GET ROUND A MATHEMAT ICIAN .... CONTINOUOSLY DO IT .. THE MORE YOU ENJOY . BECAUSE BOTH CONTAIN S LOTS OF PROBLEMS 32 8 saranya rajan M ATHS IS LIKE A FUN & GAME .!! 32 9 Avika mishra M ATHEMATICS IS THE HANDWRITING S PIRIT OF L IFE ITSELF ..W ELL DONE IS BETTER T HAN WELL SAID . PH AN EXPERT IS A MAN WHO HAS MADE ALL THE MISTAKES .

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