David Hilbert

1862 - 1943

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]

David Hilbert (1862 - 1943)

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.

David Hilbert (1862 - 1943)

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.

David Hilbert (1862 - 1943)

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A Quote by David Hilbert on ideas

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

David Hilbert (1862 - 1943)

Source: Report on Number Theory, 1897.

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