Eric Temple Bell

1883 - 1960

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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