Mathematics Quotes

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Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

Aaron Levenstein

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If a `religion` is defined to be a system of ideas that contains unprovable statements, then Gödel taught us that mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one.

John D. Barrow

The worst thing you can do to a problem is solve it completely.

Daniel Kleitman

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`Obvious` is the most dangerous word in mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell

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Mathematical analysis [...] seems to be a faculty of the human mind destined to supplement the shortness of life and the imperfection of the senses.

Joseph Fourier

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Mathematics is the part of physics where experiments are cheap.

Vladimir Arnold

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Infinity is like a wild animal, spotted in the depths of a forest. You catch a glimpse of something, but moments later you aren`t sure if you saw it at all. Then, unexpectedly, the animal comes into full view.

Brian Clegg

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It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

Roger Penrose

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I have had my results for a long time: but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them.

Carl Friedrich Gauss

Algorithms don`t have to have points or purposes.

Daniel Dennett

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God created the natural numbers, all else is the work of man.

Leopold Kronecker

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Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself any more.

Albert Einstein

Logic is invincible because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic.

Pierre Boutroux

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Physicists have come to realize that mathematics, when used with sufficient care, is a proven pathway to truth.

Brian Greene

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Outside observers often assume that the more complicated a piece of mathematics is, the more mathematicians admire it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mathematicians admire elegance and simplicity above all else, and the ultimate goal in solving a problem is to find the method that does the job in the most efficient manner.

Keith Devlin

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