Howard W. Eves

A Quote by Howard W. Eves on feeling, intelligence, and mathematics

A formal manipulator in mathematics often experiences the discomforting feeling that his pencil surpasses him in intelligence.

Howard W. Eves

Source: Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Howard W. Eves on imagination, patience, and problems

An expert problem solver must be endowed with two incompatible qualities, a restless imagination and a patient pertinacity.

Howard W. Eves

Source: Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Howard W. Eves on mathematics and wishes

Mathematics may be likened to a large rock whose interior composition we wish to examine. The older mathematicians appear as persevering stone cutters slowly attempting to demolish the rock from the outside with hammer and chisel. The later mathematicians resemble expert miners who seek vulnerable veins, drill into these strategic places, and then blast the rock apart with well placed internal charges.

Howard W. Eves

Source: Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.

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A Quote by Howard W. Eves on adoption, boasts, earth, ideas, and victory

One is hard pressed to think of universal customs that man has successfully established on earth. There is one, however, of which he can boast the universal adoption of the Hindu-Arabic numerals to record numbers. In this we perhaps have man's unique worldwide victory of an idea.

Howard W. Eves

Source: Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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