Selected Quotes about Mathematics

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. -- John Adams

But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes. -- Antonin Artaud

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. -- Francis Bacon

I have often admired the mystical way of Pythagoras, and the secret magic of numbers. -- Sir Thomas Browne

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability. -- Vannevar Bush

It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe. -- Thomas Carlyle

There are no creeds in mathematics. -- Peter F. Drucker

There are no creeds in mathematics. -- Peter Drucker

Proof is the idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself. -- Sir Arthur Eddington

The mathematics is not there till we put it there. -- Sir Arthur Eddington

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'. -- Sir Arthur Eddington

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

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. -- Albert Einstein

Mathematics is the queen of the sciences. -- Carl Friedrich Gauss

One has to be able to count if only so that at fifty one doesn't marry a girl of twenty. -- Maxim Gorky

Now I feel as if I should succeed in doing something in mathematics, although I cannot see why it is so very important... The knowledge doesn't make life any sweeter or happier, does it? -- Helen Keller

I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium and symptoms of schizophrenia. -- John Forbes Nash

In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. -- Johann von Neumann

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. -- Bertrand Russell

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform. -- Bertrand Russell

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry. -- Bertrand Russell

Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky -- or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time. -- Carl Sandburg

A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's subtraction. -- Mae West

I went off to college planning to major in math or philosophy-- of course, both those ideas are really the same idea. -- Frank Wilczek

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