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In other words, without a theory, a plan, the mere mechanical manipulation of the numbers in a problem does not necessarily make sense just because you are using Arithmetic!
Lillian Rosanoff Lieber
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Misinforming people by use of statistical material might be called statistical manipulation; in a word (though not a very good one), statisticulation.
Darrell Huff
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In the fall of 1972 President Nixon announced that the rate of increase of inflation was decreasing. This was the first time a sitting president used the third derivative to advance his case for reelection.
Hugo Rossi
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Mathematicians makes natural questions precise.
Richard E. Bellman
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Equations are the lifeblood of applied mathematics and science.
Thomas L. Saaty
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Just as a lass may walk through the grass and, seeing no snakes, believe that there are no snakes, so also a student, may pass through elementary calculus and, seeing only elementary functions may for integrals, believe that each elementary function necessarily has an elementary function for an integral.
Ralph Palmer Agnew
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Mathematics, that giant pincers of scientific logic.
G. B. Halsted
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Mathematics is the codified body of all logical thought.
George David Birkhoff
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Mathematics belongs to man, not to God. We are not interested in properties of the positive integers that have no descriptive meaning for finite man. When a man proves a positive integer to exist, he should show how to find it. If God has mathematics of his own that need to be done, let him do it himself.
Errett Bishop
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He who discovers a fact or makes known a new law or adds a novel beauty to truth in any way makes every one of us his debtor. How beautiful upon the highway are the feet of him who comes bringing in his hands the gift of a new truth to mankind.
Robert Daniel Carmichael
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The notion that the intellect can create meaningful postulational systems at its whim is a deceptive half-truth. Only under the discipline of responsibility to the organic whole, only guided by intrinsic necessity, can the free mind achieve results of scientific value.
Herbert Robbins
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It seems certain that there is a limit to the amount of living mathematics that humanity can sustain at any time. As new mathematical specialties arise, old ones will have to be neglected.
Reuben Hersh
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Proofs really aren't there to convince you that something is true — they're there to show why it is true.
Andrew M. Gleason
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What is mathematics? It has so many different aspects that the difficulties in trying to give a definition are similar to those encountered in trying to determine whether some living organisms are animal or vegetable.
Louis J. Mordell
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I believe the coordinate-free approach fosters the cultivation of intuition, a scarce commodity in relativity because the phenomena this theory is intended to describe are as yet rather remote from our daily experience.
Walter Noll
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In dealing with academics, it is absolutely superb to be able to say you're a mathematician! Nobody dares to say mathematics is not important or not significant... No discipline surpasses mathematics in pure academic prestige.
Mina Rees
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Science is reasoning; reasoning is mathematics; and, therefore, science is mathematics.
Marshall Harvey Stone
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Mathematics is a world created by the mind of man, and the mathematicians are people who devote their lives to what seems to me a wonderful kind of play!
Constance Reid
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There is hidden order in Nature, to be found only by patient search.
Garrett Birkhoff
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The fundamental importance of the subject of order may be inferred from the fact that all the concepts required in geometry can be expressed in terms of the concept of order alone.
Edward Vermilye Huntington
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It is a paradox in mathematics and physics that we have no good model for the teaching of models.
Hartley Rogers Jr.
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Our brains are just not wired to do probability problems very well.
Persi Diaconis
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Consider the Pitiful Plight Of a runner who wasn't too bright, But sprinted so fast He vanished at last By red-shifting himself out of sight.
Ralph P. Boas Jr.
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The characteristic which distinguishes the present-day professional statistician, is his interest and skill in the measurement of the fallibility of conclusions.
George W. Snedecor
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Statistical methods of analysis are intended to aid the interpretation of data that are subject to appreciable haphazard variability.
David V. Hinkley
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