Mathematics Quotes


Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

Aaron Levenstein

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If a `religion` is defined to be a system of ideas that contains unprovable statements, then Gödel taught us that mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one.

John D. Barrow

The worst thing you can do to a problem is solve it completely.

Daniel Kleitman


`Obvious` is the most dangerous word in mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell


Mathematical analysis [...] seems to be a faculty of the human mind destined to supplement the shortness of life and the imperfection of the senses.

Joseph Fourier


Mathematics is the part of physics where experiments are cheap.

Vladimir Arnold

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Infinity is like a wild animal, spotted in the depths of a forest. You catch a glimpse of something, but moments later you aren`t sure if you saw it at all. Then, unexpectedly, the animal comes into full view.

Brian Clegg


It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

Roger Penrose


I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.

Carl Friedrich Gauss

Algorithms don`t have to have points or purposes.

Daniel Dennett


God created the natural numbers, all else is the work of man.

Leopold Kronecker


Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.

Albert Einstein

Logic is invincible because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic.

Pierre Boutroux


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


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