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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