If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not
realize how complicated life is. ~John Louis von Neumann
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. ~Albert Einstein
are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose. ~Albert Einstein
Black holes result from God dividing the universe by zero. ~Author Unknown
- the unshaken Foundation of Sciences, and the plentiful Fountain of Advantage to human affairs. ~Isaac Barrow
I never did very well in math - I could never
seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally. ~Calvin Trillin
Math is radical! ~Bumper Sticker
If you think dogs can't count, try
putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret
There was a blithe
certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously
to the page, a gossamer web. They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles. Yet to
follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into
concrete classical entities - potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry - that was a sublime experience.
The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics. ~Gregory Benford, Timescape
It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class.
If two wrongs don't make a right, try three. ~Author Unknown
Arithmetic is where numbers
fly like pigeons in and out of your head. ~Carl Sandburg, "Arithmetic"
is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer. ~Carl Sandburg,
If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers,
then no train stops at pi. ~Richard Preston
stranger things have happened; and perhaps the strangest of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race
akin to the apes. ~Eric T. Bell, The Development of Mathematics
So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called
away never so little, he must begin again. ~Francis Bacon, "Of Studies"
The essence of mathematics is
not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. ~S. Gudder
The human mind has never
invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra. ~Author Unknown
The mathematics are distinguished by a particular privilege, that is, in
the course of ages, they may always advance and can never recede. ~Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics. ~Dean Schlicter
is not the job of mathematicians... to do correct arithmetical operations. It is the job of bank accountants.
Trigonometry is a sine of the
times. ~Author Unknown
Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange
wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made,
and the real explorers have gone elsewhere. ~W.S. Anglin
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. ~Paul Erdos
The mathematics are usually considered as being the very antipodes of Poesy.
Yet Mathesis and Poesy are of the closest kindred, for they are both works of the imagination. ~Thomas Hill
I used to love mathematics
for its own sake, and I still do, because it allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.... ~Stendhal (Henri Beyle), The
Life of Henri Brulard
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. ~Albert Einstein, Sidelights on Relativity
God does not care about our mathematical difficulties; He integrates empirically. ~Albert Einstein
If there is a God, he's a great mathematician.
To all of us who hold the Christian belief that God is truth, anything that is true is a fact
about God, and mathematics is a branch of theology. ~Hilda Phoebe Hudson
[T]he different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.
is not true, it is advantageous. ~Henri Poincaré
Infinity is a floorless room without walls or ceiling. ~Author Unknown
is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical
properties that we can discover. ~Bertrand Russell
a healthy minded person takes an interest in science, he gets busy with his mathematics and haunts the laboratory. ~W.S.
Proof is an idol before whom the pure
mathematician tortures himself. ~Arthur Stanley Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World
There was a young man from Trinity,
Who solved the square root of infinity.
counting the digits,
He was seized by the fidgets,
Dropped science, and took up divinity.
One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas
have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers... ~Heinrich Hertz
In the binary system we count on our fists instead of on our
fingers. ~Author Unknown
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. ~Euclid
In most sciences one generation tears down what another
has built and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics alone each generations adds a new story to the
old structure. ~Hermann Hankel
Twice two makes four seems to me simply a piece of insolence. Twice two makes four is a pert coxcomb
who stands with arms akimbo barring your path and spitting. I admit that twice two makes four is an excellent thing,
but if we are to give everything its due, twice two makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too. ~Fyodor Mikhailovich
I know that two and two make four - & should be glad to prove it too if I could
- though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 & 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron
Mathematics may be defined as the economy of counting.
There is no problem in the whole of mathematics which cannot be solved by direct counting. ~Ernst Mach
Nature does not count nor do integers occur in nature. Man made them all, integers and all
the rest, Kronecker to the contrary notwithstanding. ~Percy William Bridgman, The Way Things Are
Why do we believe that in all matters the odd numbers are more powerful? ~Pliny
the Elder, Natural History
Uneven numbers are the gods' delight.
~Virgil, The Eclogues
One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its
thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories. ~Philip J. Davis
Pure mathematics is the world's best game. It is more absorbing
than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It's free. It can be played anywhere
- Archimedes did it in a bathtub. ~Richard J. Trudeau, Dots and Lines
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, 1912
The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization.
Although I am almost illiterate mathematically, I grasped very early in life that any one who
can count to ten can count upward indefinitely if he is fool enough to do so. ~Robertson Davies, "Of the Conservation
of Youth," The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks