Carl Jacobi

A Quote by Carl Jacobi

One should always generalize. (Man muss immer generalisieren)

Carl Jacobi

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

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A Quote by Carl Jacobi on honor, mind, and science

The real end of science is the honor of the human mind.

Carl Jacobi

Source: H. Eves In Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Carl Jacobi on god

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God ever arithmetizes.

Carl Jacobi

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Revisited, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1971.

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A Quote by Carl Jacobi on men

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It is often more convenient to possess the ashes of great men than to possess the men themselves during their lifetime. [Commenting on the return of Descartes' remains to France]

Carl Jacobi

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977.

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A Quote by Carl Jacobi on aim, honor, mathematics, mind, philosophy, questions, science, world, and worth

It is true that Fourier had the opinion that the principal aim of mathematics was public utility and explanation of natural phenomena; but a philosopher like him should have known that the sole end of science is the honor of the human mind, and that under this title a question about numbers is worth as much as a question about the system of the world.

Carl Jacobi

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

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A Quote by Carl Jacobi on clarity, mathematics, and science

Mathematics is the science of what is clear by itself.

Carl Jacobi

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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