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This is what it behoves us to know: as Frenchmen, for the advantage of France; as friends of all humanity, by that just and generous sentiment which makes us feel interest in the dignity, the peace, the independence, the happiness of all nations, on whatever spot of the globe nature may have placed their country.
Charles Dupin
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I have always thought that morality in politics was something essential, just like feelings and affinities.
Laurent Schwartz
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In the machine for a new use of gunpowder, which is described in the 'Acta Eruditorum' for the month of September, 1688, the first desideratum was, that the gunpowder fired in the bottom of the tube AA should fill the whole cavity with flame, so that the air might be entirely expelled from it, and the tube remain a perfect vacuum beneath the piston BB. But there it was mentioned, that the desired effect could not be sufficiently attained... But hitherto such attempts have been in vain; and always, after the flame of the gunpowder is extinguished, about a fifth part of the air remains in the tube AA.
Denis Papin
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There is a certain way of searching for the truth in mathematics that Plato is said first to have discovered; Theon named it analysis, and defined it as the assumption of that which is sought as if it were admitted and working through its consequences to what is admitted to be true. This is opposed to synthesis, which is the assuming what is admitted and working through its consequences to arrive at and to understand that which is sought.
François Viète
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And thus in all cases it will be found, that although Chance produces irregularities, still the Odds will be infinitely great, that in process of Time, those Irregularities will bear no proportion to the recurrency of that Order which naturally results from Original Design.
Abraham de Moivre
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If paparazzi specialized in mathematical celebrities they'd camp outside the dining hall at the IAS and come away with a new batch of pictures every day.
Cédric Villani
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If we know anything we know it by mathematics; but those people have no concern for the true and legitimate science of things! they cling to trivialities!
Pierre Gassendi
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It is important for him who wants to discover not to confine himself to one chapter of science, but to keep in touch with various others.
Jacques Hadamard
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We can take pride in the fact that there is no science as certain as ours [alchemy] because it teaches by experience which is the mother, the source and the universal cause of all knowledge: and it is for the lack of this that Aristotle and the other philosophers have wondrously failed in their philosophy.
Marin Mersenne
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My optimistic enthusiasm about the disinterested search for truth has been severely shaken..
Émile Borel
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The doctrines of pure geometry often, and in many questions, give a simple and natural way to penetrate to the origin of truths, to lay bare the mysterious chain which unites them, and to make them known individually, luminously and completely.
Michel Chasles
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I cannot tell you the efforts to which I was condemned to understand something of the diagrams of Descriptive Geometry, which I detest.
Charles Hermite
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Everything considered, mathematicians should have the courage of their most profound convictions and thus affirm that mathematical forms indeed have an existence that is independent of the mind considering them.... Yet, at any given moment, mathematicians have only an incomplete and fragmentary view of this world of ideas.
René Thom
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Logic is invincible because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic.
Pierre Boutroux
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Ere long mathematics will be as useful to the chemist as the balance.
Marcel-Paul Schützenberger
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Indeed every mathematician knows that a proof has not been "understood" if one has done nothing more than verify step by step the correctness of the deductions of which it is compose d and has not tried to gain a clear insight into the ideas which have led to the construction of this particular chain of deductions in preference to every other one.
Nicolas Bourbaki
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Mathematicians have never been in full agreement on their science, though it is said to be the science of self-evident verities — absolute, indisputable and definitive. They have always been in controversy over the developing aspects of mathematics, and they have always considered their own age to be a period of crisis.
Henri Lebesgue
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We use Reason for improving the Sciences; whereas we ought to use the Sciences for improving our Reason.
Antoine Arnauld
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Functions, just like living beings are characterized by their singularities.
Paul Montel
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Modesty is a desertion of ourselves, a kind of avowal of inferiority, at which mediocrity catches greedily as a source of consolation, which it endeavors to interpret in the literal sense, and which it frequently employs as a weapon to keep at a distance the timid man of genius,
Charles Bossut
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