Paul Halmos

Hungarian-born American mathematician
3 March 1916 — 2 October 2006

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Mathematics is not a deductive science - that`s a cliche. When you try to prove a theorem, you don`t just list the hypotheses, and then start to reason. What you do is trial and error, experimentation, guesswork.

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When a student comes and asks, "Should I become a mathematician?" the answer should be no. If you have to ask, you shouldn`t even ask.


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