Bertrand Russell
Profession: mathematician, philosopher.
It can be shown
that a mathematical web of some kind
can be woven
about any universe
containing several objects.
Bertrand Russell
Profession: mathematician, philosopher.
It can be shown
that a mathematical web of some kind
can be woven
about any universe
containing several objects.
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George Santayana
Profession: writer.
If all art aspires to the condition of music,
all the sciences aspire to the condition of mathematics.
***
It is a pleasant surprise to [the mathematician]
and an added problem
if he finds that the arts can use his calculations,
or that the senses can verify them,
much as if a composer found that sailors
could heave better when singing his songs.
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Erwin Schrödinger
Profession: scientist.
The idea of the continuum seems simple to us.
We have somehow lost sight of the difficulties it implies ...
We are told such a number as the square root of 2
worried Pythagoras and his school almost to exhaustion.
Being used to such queer numbers from early childhood,
we must be careful not to form a low idea
of the mathematical intuition of these ancient sages;
their worry was highly credible.
Professor Dana Scott
Profession: mathematician.
It’s not pure intellectual power that counts,
it’s commitment.
(Source: quoted by Jon Barwise)
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George F. Simmons
Mathematical rigor is like clothing;
in its style
it ought to suit the occasion,
and
it diminishes comfort
and
restrains freedom of movement
if it is either
too lose
or
too tight.
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Henry J.S. Smith
Arithmetic is one of the oldest branches, perhaps the very oldest branch, of human knowledge; and yet some of its most abstruse secrets lie close to its tritest truths.
***
Poor teaching leads to the inevitable idea that the subject (mathematics) is only adapted to peculiar minds, when it is the one universal science and the one whose ... ground rules are taught us almost in infancy and reappear in the motions of the universe.
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Leonardo da Vinci
Profession: artist, inventor.
Born 1452. Died 1519.
Mechanics
is the
paradise
of the
mathematical sciences,
because
by means of it
one comes to the
fruits
of mathematics.
Last edited by day; March 18th, 2010 at 01:32 AM.
Paul Dirac
Profession: mathematician.
Born 1902, Bristol, England. Died 1984,
Tallahassee, Florida.
Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with
abstract concepts of any kind
and
there is no limit
to its power
in this field.
Albert Einstein
Profession: physicist.
Born 1879, Ulm, Germany. Died 1955,
Princeton, New Jersey.
The creative principle resides in mathematics.
In a certain sense, therefore, I hold it true that
pure thought
can grasp reality,
as the ancients dreamed.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Profession: poet.
From the time of Kepler to that of Newton,
and from Newton to Hartley,
not only all things in external nature,
but the subtlest mysteries of life and organization,
and even of the intellect
and moral being,
were conjured within the circle of mathematical formulae.
Last edited by day; March 21st, 2010 at 12:55 AM.
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