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Theorems are not to mathematics what successful courses are to a meal. The nutritional analogy is misleading.
A mathematician's work is mostly a tangle of guesswork, analogy, wishful thinking and frustration, and proof, far from being the core of discovery, is more often than not a way of making sure that our minds are not playing tricks. In Philip J. Davis and Reuben Hersh
We often hear that mathematics consists mainly of "proving theorems." Is a writer's job mainly that of "writing sentences?"
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June 25, 1941
Alfred Pringsheim was a German mathematician and patron of the arts. He was born in Ohlau, Prussian Silesia and died in Zürich, Switzerland.
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