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 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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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on art, creativity, feeling, guidance, inspiration, mathematics, past, simplicity, and usefulness

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on argument, assumptions, and proof

Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles., Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988.

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell

The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: R Crayshaw-Williams The Search For Truth, p. 191.

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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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