David Hilbert

1862 - 1943

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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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.

David Hilbert (1862 - 1943)

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

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