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Mathematician Quotes

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I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

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No more than these machines need the mathematician know what he does.
- Henri Poincare

From the intrinsic evidence of his creation,
the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.
- James Jeans

There is no philosophy which is not founded upon knowledge of the phenomena,
but to get any profit from this knowledge it is absolutely
necessary to be a mathematician.
- Daniel Bernoulli


A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician,
experiences in his work the same impression as an artist;
his pleasure is as great and of the same nature.
- Henri Poincare

A mathematician, like a painter or poet,
is a maker of patterns.
If his patterns are more permanent than theirs,
it is because they are made with ideas.
- G. H. Hardy

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
- Plato

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

Charlie's not your conventional mathematician...
we sexed him up a little bit.
- David Krumholtz

The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
- Henry Ellis

Rigour is to the mathematician what morality is to men.
- Andre Weil

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
- Paul Erdos

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.
- Sofia Kovalevskaya

I wanted to become a mathematician, physicist or astronomer.
- Philip Emeagwali

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 is easier to square the circle than to get round a mathematician.
- Augustus de Morgan

The numbers may be said to rule the whole world of quantity,
and the four rules of arithmetic may be regarded as
the complete equipment of the mathematician.
- James C. Maxwell

I'm no mathematician, so I'm stuck with the graphic representations.
- Hugh Hopper

Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting,
it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands
what more than half a dozen are about.
- E. T. Bell

One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is
one who can see analogies between analogies.
- Stefan Banach

The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols,
dealing apparently with purely formal truths,
may still reach results of endless importance for our
description of the physical universe.
- Karl Pearson

I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers,
who set two half proofs equal to a whole one,
but in the sense of a mathematician,
where half proof = 0,
and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands,
and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part.
Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses
one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth.
- Marston Morse

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense,
mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics,
the mathematician thinks music: music the dream,
mathematics the working life.
- James Joseph Sylvester

No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist
whom he or she doesn't understand,
or at someone who speaks a foreign language,
but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
- Jacques Derrida

The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates
mathematical elegance when he sees it.
I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance
an essential ingredient of mathematics:
if it is clumsy,
it is not mathematics.
- Edsger Dijkstra

A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems;
a better mathematician is one who can see analogies
between proofs and the best mathematician can notice
analogies between theories.
- Stefan Banach

The way in which mathematicians and physicists and
historians talk is quite different,
and what a physicist means by physical intuition and
what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are
things worth thinking about.
- Clifford Geertz

Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
- Thelonious Monk

Most were beginning to feel they had learned enough
to last for the rest of their lives.
They remained mathematicians, but largely went their own way.
- Benoit Mandelbrot

Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Physicists are more like avant-garde composers,
willing to bend traditional rules...
Mathematicians are more like classical composers.
- Brian Greene

The greatest mathematicians, as Archimedes,
Newton, and Gauss, always united theory and applications in equal measure.
- Felix Klein

Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

It would be better for the true physics if there were
no mathematicians on earth.
- Daniel Bernoulli

Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess
new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express.
- James C. Maxwell

Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there
are no solutions up to four million or four billion,
they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.
- Andrew Wiles

As far as I know, only a small minority of mathematicians,
even of those with Platonist views, accept the idea
that there may be mathematical facts which are true but unknowable.
- Abraham Robinson

Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems -
they love a challenge.
- Andrew Wiles

First rate mathematicians choose first rate people,
but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.
- Andre Weil

Mathematicians are born, not made.
- Henri Poincare

Mathematicians do not study objects,
but relations between objects.
- Henri Poincare

The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.
- Andrew Wiles

Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible?
- Henri Poincare

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

Abel has left mathematicians enough to keep them busy for 500 years.
- Charles Hermite

I like to move among painters, mathematicians,
psychologists, people who can tell me something.
- George Woodcock

The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians
was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail,
and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
- Alonzo Church

The truth has never been of any real value to any human being -
it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue.
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
- Graham Greene

As I say, there was this movement to try to bring philosophers
and mathematicians together into an organization where
they would talk to each other.
An organization wasn't effective unless you had a journal.
That's about all I know.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover
some order in the sequence of prime numbers,
and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery
into which the human mind will never penetrate.
- Leonhard Euler

It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians,
have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not
the fault of mathematics,
for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

For example, the philosophers who were interested in
logic were probably rather logical for mathematicians.
But the ASL got us together, so we could talk to each
other and publish in the same journal.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Therefore I would not have it unknown to Your Holiness,
the the only thing which induced me to look for another
way of reckoning the movements of the heavenly bodies
was that I knew that mathematicians by no means agree
in their investigation thereof.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry,
simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense
of the fitness of things,
creative mathematicians now, as in the past,
are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than
by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
- E. T. Bell

Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem
by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking;
I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem
will make young mathematicians realize that there are
lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which
are going to be just as challenging in the future.
- Andrew Wiles

Capture a shadow,
dance with the wind,
stand in a rainbow,
begin at the end.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

If it's Right, stand up for it - together.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams.
- Anonymous

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Abraham Lincoln

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

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