Disputing the commonsense notion that all events require the prior existence of some underlying matter or substance. There is no antecedent static cabinet.
Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
Contributed by: Zaady
Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
The "silly question" is the first intimation of some totally new development.
[In many circumstances,] the most important thing about a proposition is not that it be true, but that it be interesting.
The science of pure mathematics . . . may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.
Source: Science and the Modern World.
Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.
Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.
"One and one make two" assumes that the changes in the shift of circumstance are unimportant. But it is impossible for us to analyze this notion of unimportant change.
So far as the mere imparting of information is concerned, no university has had any justification for existence since the popularization of printing in the fifteenth century.
Source: The Aims of Education.
Mathematics as a science, commenced when first someone, probably a Greek, proved propositions about "any" things or about "some" things, without specifications of definite particular things.
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