# James R. Newman

## A Quote by James R. Newman on achievement, astronomy, discovery, and existence

The discovery in 1846 of the planet Neptune was a dramatic and spectacular achievement of mathematical astronomy. The very existence of this new member of the solar system, and its exact location, were demonstrated with pencil and paper; there was left to observers only the routine task of pointing their telescopes at the spot the mathematicians had marked.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on learning, mathematics, and pain

The most painful thing about mathematics is how far away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on mathematics and theory

The Theory of Groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the result with the result obtained from doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on accuracy, economics, knowledge, and mathematics

To be sure, mathematics can be extended to any branch of knowledge, including economics, provided the concepts are so clearly defined as to permit accurate symbolic representation. That is only another way of saying that in some branches of discourse it is desirable to know what you are talking about.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on behavior and perception

It is strange that we know so little about the properties of numbers. They are our handiwork, yet they baffle us; we can fathom only a few of their intricacies. Having defined their attributes and prescribed their behavior, we are hard pressed to perceive the implications of our formulas.

Source: quoted by Gary William Flake in The Computational Beauty of Nature, 1998

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on circumstances and present

You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile, significant person even though your present circumstances may have you felling otherwise.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on adventure, jobs, mind, and surprises

Games are among the most interesting creations of the human mind, and the analysis of their structure is full of adventure and surprises. Unfortunately there is never a lack of mathematicians for the job of transforming delectable ingredients into a dish that tastes like a damp blanket.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on mathematics and questions

It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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## A Quote by James R. Newman on dignity, diplomacy, economics, mathematics, purpose, respect, and rumor

Mathematical economics is old enough to be respectable, but not all economists respect it. It has powerful supporters and impressive testimonials, yet many capable economists deny that mathematics, except as a shorthand or expository device, can be applied to economic reasoning. There have even been rumors that mathematics is used in economics (and in other social sciences) either for the deliberate purpose of mystification or to confer dignity upon common places as French was once used in diplomatic communications.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New Yorl: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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