# David Hilbert

## A Quote by David Hilbert on mathematics, whole, indivisible, organism, and parts

Mathematical science is in my opinion an indivisible whole, an organism whose vitality is conditioned upon the connection of its parts.

Source: as quoted in Excursions in Calculus, by R.M. Young.

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on beginning, failure, study, and time

Before beginning I should put in three years of intensive study, and I haven't that much time to squander on a probable failure. [On why he didn't try to solve Fermat's last theorem]

Source: Quoted in E.T. Bell Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1951.

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on belief, religion, science, and time

Galileo was no idiot. Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom - that may be necessary in religion, but in time a scientific result will establish itself.

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

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on inventions, science, theory, time, and understanding

How thoroughly it is ingrained in mathematical science that every real advance goes hand in hand with the invention of sharper tools and simpler methods which, at the same time, assist in understanding earlier theories and in casting aside some more complicated developments.

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on ideas

I have tried to avoid long numerical computations, thereby following Riemann's postulate that proofs should be given through ideas and not voluminous computations.

Source: Report on Number Theory, 1897.

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on certainty, mathematics, rules, and simplicity

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.

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

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on country, mathematics, and world

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics,the cultural world is one country.

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

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on science and work

One can measure the importance of a scientific work by the number of earlier publications rendered superfluous by it.

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

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on physics

Physics is much too hard for physicists.

Source: C. Reid Hilbert, London: Allen and Unwin, 1970.

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on art and mathematics

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.

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

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