Charles Sanders Peirce

1839 - 1914

A Quote by Charles Sanders Peirce on danger, dreams, ethics, logic, mathematics, needs, purity, and science

...mathematics is distinguished from all other sciences except only ethics, in standing in no need of ethics. Every other science, even logic, especially in its early stages, is in danger of evaporating into airy nothingness, degenerating, as the Germans say, into an arachnoid film, spun from the stuff that dreams are made of. There is no such danger for pure mathematics; for that is precisely what mathematics ought to be.

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839 - 1914)

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

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A Quote by Charles Sanders Peirce on science

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The one [the logician] studies the science of drawing conclusions, the other [the mathematician] the science which draws necessary conclusions.

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839 - 1914)

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

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A Quote by Charles Sanders Peirce on art, difficulty, and doubt

The pragmatist knows that doubt is an art which hs to be acquired with difficulty.

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839 - 1914)

Source: Collected Papers.

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A Quote by Charles Sanders Peirce on difficulty, mathematics, and practicality

Among the minor, yet striking characteristics of mathematics, may be mentioned the fleshless and skeletal build of its propositions; the peculiar difficulty, complication, and stress of its reasonings; the perfect exactitude of its results; their broad universality; their practical infallibility.

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839 - 1914)

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

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