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Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics.
View quotes by E T Bell

On his own history with mathematics, and connection with John Nash: 'I had a bit of a hiccup in the third year of high school. The school I was at hired a non-English speaking Hungarian who was a professional of some great standing in Eastern Europe. But he hadn't learned the English language yet. He probably is a great asset to the teaching staff now, but we were his first class. That was when mathematics and I parted ways.

'There's a lot of mathematics in music. It's all in groups of eight, mate, y'know. The one thing that I may have in common with John is that the subject matter I do know, the driving part of my life, my work life, there's a point where structure and scaffolding is left behind and intuition takes over. That's the difference between John and the next 100 mathematicians. He's fully prepared to leave the scaffolding behind and get into the ether of the equation and find the answer quicker. The bane of his existence, however, is finding the proof.'
View quotes by Russell Crowe

Mathematics is the key and door to the sciences.
View quotes by Galileo Galilei

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world
View quotes by Paul Dirac

Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science.
View quotes by Daniel Dennett

It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant with the ideas of number and quantity.
View quotes by George Boole

I used to love mathematics for its own sake, and I still do, bcause it allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness, my two betes noires.
View quotes by Stendhal (henri Beyle)

With an absurd oversimplification, the "invention" of calculus [method in mathematics] is sometimes ascribed to two men, Newton and Leibniz.
View quotes by Richard Courant

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics (A Mathematician's Apology)
View quotes by Godfrey Harold Hardy

I want a guarantee (with physics and mathematics, not with laws) that we can give ourselves real privacy of personal communications. [no such thing can exist, John]
View quotes by John Gilmore

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.
View quotes by Henry L Mencken

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
View quotes by Bertrand Russell

It has been my experience that competency in mathematics, both in numerical manipulations and in understanding its conceptual foundations, enhances a person's ability to handle the more ambiguous and qualitative relationships that dominate our day-to-day financial decision-making.
View quotes by Alan Greenspan

Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena. [the famous Euler that set the foundation for mathematics]
View quotes by Leonhard Euler

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
View quotes by Albert Einstein



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