20th-century Mathematician Quotes
All mathematics is divided into three parts: cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like), hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines) and celestial mechanics (financed by military and by other institutions dealing with missiles, such as NASA.).
It turns out that the Romans were champs in making peace. Their motto was that if you want to make peace, you need to prepare for war. They knew game theory.
I do support direct action. I do not advocate or support violence.… Elections are not a viable means of ensuring democratic change in Russia. Therefore I do support using other methods to push for a change back towards democracy
Discovery is a double relation of analysis and synthesis together. As an analysis, it probes for what is there; but then, as a synthesis, it puts the parts together in a form by which the creative mind transcends the bare limits, the bare skeleton, that nature provides.
If I had known that the problems were not homework but were in fact two famous unsolved problems in statistics, I probably would not have thought positively, would have become discouraged, and would never have solved them.
I had become interested in economics, an interest that was transformed into a lifetime dedication when I met with the mathematical theory of general economic equilibrium.
Virtually every discipline and endeavor is presently under a naturalistic pall.
William A. Dembski
On foundations we believe in the reality of mathematics, but of course when philosophers attack us with their paradoxes we rush to hide behind formalism and say: "Mathematics is just a combination of meaningless symbols..."
Authors who discover formulas should not rush into print. Even as in business and marriage, in mathematics not all that is true needs to be published.
A physicist builds theories with mathematical materials, because the mathematics enables him to imagine more than he can clearly think.
Chaos cuts with two edges. We have seen how it is impossible to retrieve past history from current observations. We will now show that it is impossible to predict future states from the current observations.
God created two acts of folly. First, He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second, He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act, in the form of the microwave radiation.
Alekhine is a poet who creates a work of art out of something that would hardly inspire another man to send home a picture post card.
All possible "definitions" of probability fall short of the actual practice.
Fundamental definitions do not arise at the start but at the end of the exploration, because in order to define a thing you must know what it is and what it is good for.
The computers are not replacing mathematicians; they are breeding them.
Either mathematics is too big for the human mind, or the human mind is more than a machine.
A teacher who is not always thinking about solving problems — ones he does not know the answer to — is psychologically simply not prepared to teach problem solving to his students.
Some people believe that a theorem is proved when a logically correct proof is given; but some people believe a theorem is proved only when the student sees why it is inevitably true. The author tends to belong to this second school of thought.
Freedom means you're free to do just whatever pleases you; if, of course that is to say, what you please is what you may.
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