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Johnny Ball Quotes and Sayings

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If mathematics is to be understood widely,
we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications.
Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is!
- Johnny Ball

The public impression is that the government,
industry or the highest bidder can buy a scientist
to add credibility to any message.
That crucial quality of impartiality is being lost.
- Johnny Ball

There isn't a single windmill owner in Holland who
doesn't have a second job,
for when there is no wind.
- Johnny Ball

There are not the same factual shows anymore -
children's TV has become much more trivial.
- Johnny Ball

 

That difficult start drove me on to inspire children
and let them know that it is never to late to repair
a bad experience at school,
and once you get your head down and start to read books,
you can really achieve.
- Johnny Ball

Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life.
The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living,
and to be told your efforts are not needed because
you are the wrong age is a crime.
- Johnny Ball

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

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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

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

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

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

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries;
for mathematics,
the cultural world is one country.
- David Hilbert

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

When we were making the law, when we were writing the
literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of
Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the
laws of the intelligible world;
the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the
laws of human intelligence.
- James Joseph Sylvester

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

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

I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was
the study I was best fitted to follow,
though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account.
- Simon Newcomb

James Brown is important because he decorates the clock
correctly and he's good with lower mathematics.
Don't get me wrong - he's good.
- Don Van Vliet

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

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

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

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

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

How is an error possible in mathematics?
- Henri Poincare

I went to Princeton from Amherst, where I split my
interests between mathematics and philosophy.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Mathematics is as old as Man.
- Stefan Banach

In some parts of life, like mathematics and science,
yeah, I was a genius.
I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.
- Steve Wozniak

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

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein,
and given over a hopeless race.
- Charles Babbage

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

God exists since mathematics is consistent,
and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.
- Andre Weil

The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus.
Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science.
This is a source of concern.
- Daniel Dennett

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

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

Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love
of concepts and mathematics,
was a marvelous experience.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

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

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that
it can never be fully learned.
- Izaak Walton

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

Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied.
For what is useful above all is technique,
and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.
- G. H. Hardy

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

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion,
sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics.
Defying nature, it surpasses it.
- Camille Paglia

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

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

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

Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful
creation of the human spirit.
- Stefan Banach

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
- E. T. Bell

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

Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic,
and relates to philosophy as do the arts,
music, and plastic art to poetry.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

We must always emphasize research and development of science and mathematics,
and I can think of no better way to achieve this than
through our future in space.
- Nick Lampson

We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics.
Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that
they have good solutions.
- Whitfield Diffie

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

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

My interest in the sciences started with mathematics in the very beginning,
and later with chemistry in early high school and the
proverbial home chemistry set.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

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

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

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

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself
which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
- E. T. Bell

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

In my schooling through high school,
I excelled mainly in chemistry,
physics and mathematics.
- James Rainwater

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

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

An early fascination with higher mathematics at the
university level blossomed into speculative thinking
that could provide a basis for dealing with economic issues.
- Lawrence R. Klein

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

Mathematics is the music of reason.
- James Joseph Sylvester

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates
interesting mathematics along the way -
even if you don't solve it at the end of the day.
- Andrew Wiles

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics;
the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
- Edsger Dijkstra

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

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


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