Eric Temple Bell

1883 - 1960

A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on chaos and simplicity

Wherever groups disclosed themselves, or could be introduced, simplicity crystallized out of comparative chaos.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science, New York, 1951, p 164.

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on rules and universe

If "Number rules the universe" as Pythagoras asserted, Number is merely our delegate to the throne, for we rule Number.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on danger and mathematics

"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on immortality and mathematics

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on mathematics and writing

If a lunatic scribbles a jumble of mathematical symbols it does not follow that the writing means anything merely because to the inexpert eye it is indistinguishable from higher mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956, p. 308.

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on machines and understanding

I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977.

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell

The Handmaiden of the Sciences.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: [Book by that title.]

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on doubt and vices

The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on life, mathematics, and practicality

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: The Mathematical Intelligencer, vol. 13, no. 1, Winter 1991.

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on beauty, glory, mathematics, practicality, and usefulness

Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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