Eric Temple Bell

1883 - 1960

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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