Eric Temple Bell

1883 - 1960

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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