Jules Henri Poincare

1854 - 1912

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on debate, disease, generations, mathematics, and theory

Later generations will regard Mengenlehre (set theory) as a disease from which one has recovered. [Whether or not he actually said this is a matter of debate amongst historians of mathematics.]

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Source: The Mathematical Intelligencer, vol 13, no. 1, Winter 1991.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on discovery, generations, knowledge, preparation, and spontaneity

Mathematical discoveries, small or great are never born of spontaneous generation. They always presuppose a soil seeded with preliminary knowledge and well prepared by labour, both conscious and subconscious.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on art, giving, mathematics, names, poetry, and quotations

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things. [As opposed to the quotation: Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing].

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on facts, justice, and science

Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Source: La Science et l'hypothèse.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on life and perception

Talk with M. Hermite. He never evokes a concrete image, yet you soon perceive that the more abstract entities are to him like living creatures.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré

Hypotheses are what we lack the least.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on art, nature, pleasure, scientists, and work

A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician, experiences in his work is the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same nature.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC: Rome Press Inc., 1988.

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content