# 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 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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## A Quote by David Hilbert on science and theory

The further a mathematical theory is developed, the more harmoniously and uniformly does its construction proceed, and unsuspected relations are disclosed between hitherto separated branches of the science.

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

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## A Quote by David Hilbert on questions and spirit

The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man.

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

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## A Quote by David Hilbert

Wir müssen wissen. Wir werden wissen.

Source: [Engraved on his tombstone in Göttingen.]

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