Keith Devlin

British writer, mathematician
16 March 1947 —

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We humans are far more than the jobs we do and the careers we pursue. Education is a preparation for life, and only part of that is the mastery of specific work skills.

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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.

Advances in science are often delayed because the common wisdom holds that something is impossible.

Even the greatest intellects are prisoners of the age in which they live.


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