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Every human activity, EXCEPT Mathematics, must come to an end.
Paul Erdős
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Mathematical problems in physics have their place in teaching; but physics should not be made a means of teaching mathematics.
John Trowbridge
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In pure mathematics the maximum of detachment appears to be reached: the mind moves in an infinitely complicated pattern, which is absolutely free from temporal considerations. Yet this very freedom - the essential condition of the mathematician's activity - perhaps gives him an unfair advantage. He can only be wrong - he cannot cheat.
Lytton Strachey
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Mathematics may be legitimately pursued for its own sake or for the sake of its applications or with a view to understanding its logical foundations and internal structure or in the interest of magnanimity or for the sake of its bearings upon the supreme concerns of man as man or from two or more of these motives combined.
Cassius Jackson Keyser
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In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics alone each generation adds a new story to the old structure.
Hermann Hankel
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Examples... which might be multiplied ad libitum show how difficult it often is for an experimenter to interpret his results without the aid of mathematics.
John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh
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In general the teacher of mathematics has been the high priest of an occult ritual, the keeper in many senses of an esoteric doctrine which only his superiors or predecessors have understood.
Scott Buchanan
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In the pure mathematics is the point for setting the lever which will move the world; it is the center from which light radiates to innumerable points on the circumference - to innumerable sciences and arts.
Karl Georg von Raumer
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Mathematics may distort, but can never rectify, the mind.
William Hamilton
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It will probably be the new mathematical discoveries which are suggested through physics that will always be most important, for, from the beginning, Nature has led the way and established the pattern which mathematics, the language of Nature, must follow.
George David Birkhoff
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Gothic cathedrals and Doric temples are mathematics in stone.
Oswald Spengler
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One thing that mathematics early implants, unless hindered from so doing, is the idea that here, at last, is an immortality that is seemingly tangible — the immortality of a mathematical law.
David Eugene Smith
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The whole history of the development of mathematics has been a history of the destruction of old definitions... old hobbies, old idols.
David Eugene Smith
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Physics can never prove things the way things are proved in mathematics, by eliminating all of the alternative possibilities. It is not possible to say what the alternative possibilities are....
Anthony Standen
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Mathematics is always a continuum, linked to its history, the past - nothing comes out of zero.
Michael Atiyah
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Poetry is the mathematics of writing and closely kin to music.
John Steinbeck
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Everything that the greatest minds of all times have accomplished toward the comprehension of forms by means of concepts is gathered into one great science, mathematics.
Johann Friedrich Herbart
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The real object of true naturalists, in Sir W. Thomson's meaning of the word, when they employ mathematics to assist them, is not to make mathematical exercises (though that may be necessary), but to find out the connections of known phenomena, and by deductive reasoning, to obtain a knowledge of hitherto unknown phenomena.
Oliver Heaviside
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I disagree with Adler, who wrote (in the New Yorker) that there is no point in being a mathematician unless you can be a great mathematician. That's nonsense. Mathematics is like a Gothic cathedral. If you can build a little part of it, it is there - forever - in some sense. At least I have the illusion that it is so.
Lipman Bers
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Computer science, a new addition to the fraternity of sciences, confronts its older brothers, mathematics and engineering, with an adolescent brashness born of rapid, confident growth and perhaps also of enthusiastic inexperience.
Jacob T. Schwartz
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Mathematics and art are quite different. We could not publish so many papers that used, repeatedly, the same idea and still command the respect of our colleagues.
Antoni Zygmund
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Mathematics to me is like a language I don't speak though I admire its literature in translation.
David Quammen
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I've certainly never come across any irreversible mathematics involving sofas. Could be a new field. Have you spoken to any spatial geometricians?
Douglas Adams
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Thus geology is (or ought to be), in popular parlance, the people's science - the science by studying which, the man ignorant of Latin, Greek, mathematics, scientific chemistry, can yet become - as far as his brain enables him - a truly scientific man.
Charles Kingsley
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Mathematics and beauty are the foundation stones of the universe. No one who has studied the forces of nature can doubt that the world about us is a manifestation of something very, very clever indeed.
Paul Davies
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