[His toast:] Pure mathematics, may it never be of any use to anyone.
Henry John Stephen Smith (1826 - 1883)
Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.
Contributed by: Zaady
It is the peculiar beauty of this method, gentlemen, and one which endears it to the really scientific mind, that under no circumstance can it be of the smallest possible utility.
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