Mathematics - Quotes

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Physicists have come to realize that mathematics, when used with sufficient care, is a proven pathway to truth.

Brian Greene

Outside observers often assume that the more complicated a piece of mathematics is, the more mathematicians admire it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mathematicians admire elegance and simplicity above all else, and the ultimate goal in solving a problem is to find the method that does the job in the most efficient manner.

Keith Devlin

In many cases, mathematics is an escape from reality. The mathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuits that are disconnected from external affairs. Some practice it as if using a drug.

Stanislaw Ulam

In the company of friends, writers can discuss their books, economists the state of the economy, lawyers their latest cases, and businessmen their latest acquisitions, but mathematicians cannot discuss their mathematics at all. And the more profound their work, the less understandable it is.

Alfred Adler

Mathematics is not a deductive science - that`s a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don`t just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork.

Paul Halmos

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics.

Siméon Poisson

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

One of the chief triumphs of modern mathematics consists in having discovered what mathematics really is.

Bertrand Russell

There are two ways to do great mathematics. The first is to be smarter than everybody else. The second way is to be stupider than everybody else - but persistent.

Raoul Bott

It has become almost a cliché 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

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

John von Neumann

If I feel unhappy, I do mathematics to become happy. If I am happy, I do mathematics to keep happy.

Alfréd Rényi

The things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.

Roger Bacon

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

John von Neumann

The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics.

Plato

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