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But in the present century, thanks in good part to the influence of Hilbert, we have come to see that the unproved postulates with which we start are purely arbitrary. They must be consistent, they had better lead to something interesting.
Every writer must reconcile, as best he may, the conflicting claims of consistency and variety, of rigour in detail and elegance in the whole. The present author humbly confesses that, to him, geometry is nothing at all, if not a branch of art.
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It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
September 28, 1873
March 5, 1954
Julian Lowell Coolidge was an American mathematician and a professor and chairman of the Harvard University Mathematics Department.
A history of geometrical methods (1940)
A Treatise on Algebraic Plane Curves (1931)
A treatise on the circle and sphere (1916)
The mathematics of great amateurs (1949)
The elements of non-Euclidean geometry (1909)
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