Eric Temple Bell

1883 - 1960

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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