A Quote by Hermann Weyl on accidents, birth, certainty, community, effort, evolution, feeling, freedom, history, imagination, individuality, mind, necessity, questions, and time

The constructs of the mathematical mind are at the same time free and necessary. The individual mathematician feels free to define his notions and set up his axioms as he pleases. But the question is will he get his fellow mathematician interested in the constructs of his imagination. We cannot help the feeling that certain mathematical structures which have evolved through the combined efforts of the mathematical community bear the stamp of a necessity not affected by the accidents of their historical birth. Everybody who looks at the spectacle of modern algebra will be struck by this complementarity of freedom and necessity.

Hermann Weyl (1885 - 1955)

Source: 1951

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