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Physics... is much too hard for physicists.
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For mathematics hoch — hoch — hoch [hip, hip hooray]
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A problem in number theory is as timeless as a true work of art.
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Keep computations to the lowest level of the multiplication table.
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Good, he did not have enough imagination to become a mathematician.
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One of the supreme achievements of purely intellectual human activity.
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No one will drive us our of this paradise that Cantor has created for us!
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Three-dimensional geometry becomes a chapter in four-dimensional physics.
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The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man.
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Aus dem Paradies, das Cantor uns geschaffen, soll uns niemand vertreiben können.
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Arithmetical symbols are written diagrams and geometrical figures are graphic formulas.
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He who seeks for methods without having a definite problem in mind seeks for the most part in vain.
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We have reformed mathematics, the next thing is to reform physics, and then we'll go on to chemistry.
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Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.
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The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.
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One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it.
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Mathematics... is nothing more than a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on a paper.
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Every kind of science, if it has only reached a certain degree of maturity, automatically becomes a part of mathematics.
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The importance of a scientific work can be measured by the number of previous publications it makes it superfluous to read.
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If I were to awaken after having slept for a thousand years, my first question would be: Has the Riemann hypothesis been proven?
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I do not see that the sex of the candidate is an argument against her admission as a Privatdozent. After all, the Senate is not a bath-house.
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Mathematics must be cherished and strengthened as a unified, vital branch in the broad river of science; it dares not trickle away in the sand.
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It is difficult and often impossible to judge the value of a problem correctly in advance; for the final award depends upon the gain which science obtains from the problem.
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To new concepts correspond, necessarily, new signs. These we choose in such a way that they remind us of the phenomena which were the occasion for the formation of the new concepts.
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Geometry, like arithmetic, requires for its logical development only a small number of simple, fundamental principles. These fundamental principles are called the axioms of geometry.
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The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth
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Born:
January 23, 1862
Died:
February 14, 1943
(aged 81)
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