A Quote by Alfred Adler on absence, generations, mathematics, research, and teachers

Each generation has its few great mathematicians, and mathematics would not even notice the absence of the others. They are useful as teachers, and their research harms no one, but it is of no importance at all. A mathematician is great or he is nothing.

Alfred Adler (1870 - 1937)

Source: "Mathematics and Creativity." The New Yorker Magazine, February 19, 1972.

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