Benjamin Peirce

1809 - 1880

A Quote by Benjamin Peirce on mathematics and science

Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions.

Benjamin Peirce (1809 - 1880)

Source: Memoir read before the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, 1870.

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A Quote by Benjamin Peirce on paradox, truth, and understanding

After proving Euler's formula e^i = -1 in a lecture: Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it is the truth.

Benjamin Peirce (1809 - 1880)

Source: Quoted in E. Kasner and J. Newman, Mathematics and the Imagination, New York 1940

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