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Arthur Eddington Quotes and Sayings

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The mathematics is not there till we put it there.
- Arthur Eddington

Probably the simplest hypothesis...
is that there may be a slow process of annihilation of matter.
- Arthur Eddington

We used to think that if we knew one,
we knew two, because one and one are two.
We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.
- Arthur Eddington

Who will observe the observers?
- Arthur Eddington

 

We have found that where science has progressed the farthest,
the mind has but regained from nature that which the mind put into nature.
- Arthur Eddington

It is impossible to trap modern physics into predicting
anything with perfect determinism because it deals
with probabilities from the outset.
- Arthur Eddington

It is even possible that laws which have not their
origin in the mind may be irrational,
and we can never succeed in formulating them.
- Arthur Eddington

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The quest of the absolute leads into the four-dimensional world.
- Arthur Eddington

We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown.
- Arthur Eddington

It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence
in the observational results that are put forward until
they are confirmed by theory.
- Arthur Eddington

Every body continues in its state of rest or uniform
motion in a straight line,
except insofar as it doesn't.
- Arthur Eddington

Shuffling is the only thing which Nature cannot undo.
- Arthur Eddington

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters,
they might write all the books in the British Museum.
- Arthur Eddington

It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant
future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
- Arthur Eddington

If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics,
I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to
collapse in deepest humiliation.
- Arthur Eddington

Proof is an idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself.
- Arthur Eddington

Something unknown is doing we don't know what.
- Arthur Eddington

We often think that when we have completed our study
of one we know all about two,
because "two" is "one and one." We forget that we still
have to make a study of "and."
- Arthur Eddington

It is one thing for the human mind to extract from
the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them;
it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control.
- Arthur Eddington

Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate.
One thing at least is certain, light has weight.
One thing is certain and the rest debate.
Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight.
- Arthur Eddington

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
- Francis Bacon

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

Everyone knows what a curve is, until he has studied
enough mathematics to become confused through the countless
number of possible exceptions.
- Felix Klein

But however measurable, there is much more life in
music than mathematics or logic ever dreamed of.
- Gabriel Marcel

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which
we never know what we are talking about,
nor whether what we are saying is true.
- Bertrand Russell

How is an error possible in mathematics?
- Henri Poincare

At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics.
On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous
equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book.
- John Pople

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place
in the world for ugly mathematics.
- Godfrey Harold Hardy

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract -
and therefore,
possibly also the more practical - it becomes.
- E. T. Bell

Chess, like mathematics and music, is a nursery for child prodigies.
- Jamie Murphy

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy,
as well as an apparent, perhaps a real,
anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.
- Simon Newcomb

The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.
- Georg Cantor

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple
rules with meaningless marks on paper.
- David Hilbert

Well, some mathematics problems look simple,
and you try them for a year or so, and then you try
them for a hundred years,
and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve.
- Andrew Wiles

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics
dates from those early childhood days.
- Andrew Wiles

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant,
of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
- Marston Morse

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics.
- John Henry Carver

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the
application of mathematics to philosophy,
but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
- Richard M. Nixon

For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy
but active experience in mathematics itself that can
alone answer the question:
What is mathematics?
- Richard Courant

You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality.
- Hermann Weyl

It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics,
yet no one questions the validity of what you say.
There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.
- James Newman

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the
mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
- Andrew Wiles

The study of mathematics, like the Nile,
begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
- G. H. Hardy

I did not have a very literary background.
I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics,
and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
- Robert Morgan

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies,
I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
- Christopher Columbus

Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me.
It makes music like mathematics.
- Robert Quine

The infinite in mathematics is alway unruly unless it is properly treated.
- James Newman

I read everything: fiction, history,
science,
mathematics, biography, travel.
- Martin Lewis Perl

The most painful thing about mathematics is how far
away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.
- James Newman

Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics.
- Gabriel Marcel

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.
- Paul Dirac

Film is one of the three universal languages,
the other two: mathematics and music.
- Frank Capra

Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics
and teaching mathematics.
- Simeon Poisson

I had a liberal arts education at Amherst College where I had two majors,
mathematics and philosophy.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must
be held of higher value than solving it.
- Georg Cantor

For the things of this world cannot be made known without
a knowledge of mathematics.
- Roger Bacon

I could never accept findings based almost exclusively on mathematics.
It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world.
It's the things people know that ain't so.
- Edwin Armstrong

The mathematics of rhythm are universal.
They don't belong to any particular culture.
- John McLaughlin

Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
- Stendhal

I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual
understanding of some part of mathematics that would
clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.
- Andrew Wiles

The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past
in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
- E. T. Bell

And they're also very good at math, these super boogers,
and so they teach Billy the ways of mathematics.
- William Joyce

Mathematics is the music of reason.
- James Joseph Sylvester

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
- Albert Einstein


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