Alfred Whitehead

1861 - 1947

A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on assumptions, change, circumstances, and impossibility

"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.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on concern, existence, and information

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.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on mathematics and science

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.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on boredom, earth, and god

The merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

We think in generalities, but we live in details.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on death

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No Roman ever died in contemplation over a geometrical diagram. A reference to the death of Archimedes.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on good, power, problems, and work

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.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: P. Davis and R. Hersh The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhäuser, 1981.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on ideas

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Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on justice and traditions

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.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on justice, learning, machines, mercy, and thinking

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.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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