David Hilbert Quote

An old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street. This clearness and ease of comprehension, here insisted on for a mathematical theory, I should still more demand for a mathematical problem if it is to be perfect; for what is clear and easily comprehended attracts, the complicated repels us.


Eine mathematische Theorie ist nicht eher als vollkommen anzusehen, als bis du sie so klar gemacht hast, daß du sie dem ersten Manne erklären könntest, den du auf der Straße triffst. - Mathematical Problems (1900)

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An old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to...

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An old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to...

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An old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to...

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An old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to...