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.
Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)
Source: The Aims of Education.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
The merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth.
It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.
We think in generalities, but we live in details.
Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
No Roman ever died in contemplation over a geometrical diagram. A reference to the death of Archimedes.
Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.
By relieving the brain of all unnecessary work, a good notation sets it free to concentrate on more advanced problems, and, in effect, increases the mental power of the race.
Source: P. Davis and R. Hersh The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhäuser, 1981.
Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them.
There is a tradition of opposition between adherents of induction and of deduction. In my view it would be just as sensible for the two ends of a worm to quarrel.
Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.
There is a technique, a knack, for thinking, just as there is for doing other things. You are not wholly at the mercy of your thoughts, any more than they are you. They are a machine you can learn to operate.
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