Mary Somerville Quotes
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That the study of mathematics and their application to astronomy are full of interest will be allowed by all who have devoted their time and attention to these pursuits; and they only can estimate the delight of arriving at truth, whether it be in the discovery of a world, or of a new property of numbers.
Nothing has afforded me so convincing a proof of the unity of the Deity as these purely mental conceptions of numerical and mathematical science which have been by slow degrees vouchsafed to man, and are still granted in these latter times by the Differential Calculus, now superseded by the Higher Algebra, all of which must have existed in that sublimely omniscient Mind from eternity.
The traces of extreme antiquity perpetually occurring to the geologist give that information of the origin of things which we in vain look for in the other parts of the universe. They date the beginning of time [and] show that creation is the work of Him with whom "a thousand years are as one day, and one day as a thousand years."