# mathematics

## A Quote by Vannevar Bush on logic, mathematics, science, understanding, and world

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.

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## A Quote by V. Erath on beginning, children, god, mathematics, and play

God is a child; and when he began to play, he cultivated mathematics. It is the most godly of man's games.

Source: Das blinde Spiel. 1954.

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## A Quote by Lagadha on knowledge and mathematics

Like the crest of a peacock so is mathematics at the head of all knowledge.

Source: the Vedanga Jyotisha

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## A Quote by unknown on justice, mathematics, and people

The lottery is just a tax on people who are bad at math.

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## A Quote by Thomas Andrew (Tom) Lehrer on mathematics, plagiarism, research, secrets, and success

In one word he told me the secret of success in mathematics: plagiarize; only be sure always to call it . . . research.

Source: Lobachevski (A musical recording.)

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## A Quote by Thomas Reid on independence, leadership, mathematics, merit, science, and time

It is the invaluable merit of the great Basle mathematician Leonard Euler, to have freed the analytical calculus from all geometric bounds, and thus to have established analysis as an independent science, which from his time on has maintained an unchallenged leadership in the field of mathematics.

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

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## A Quote by Thomas Mann on lust, mathematics, remedies, and study

I tell them that if they will occupy themselves with the study of mathematics they will find in it the best remedy against the lusts of the flesh.

Source: The Magic Mountain. 1927.

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## A Quote by Thomas Mann on behavior, impossibility, mathematics, men, students, and understanding

Some of the men stood talking in this room, and at the right of the door a little knot had formed round a small table, the center of which was the mathematics student, who ws eagerly talking. He had made the assertion that one could draw through a given point more than one parallel to a straight line; Frau Hagenström had cried out that this was impossible, and he had gone on to prove it so conclusively that his hearers were constrained to behave as though they understood.

Source: Little Herr Friedemann.

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## A Quote by T. H. Sanford on mathematics, mind, and theory

The modern, and to my mind true, theory is that mathematics is the abstract form of the natural sciences; and that it is valuable as a training of the reasoning powers not because it is abstract, but because it is a representation of actual things.

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

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## A Quote by Sylvia Townsend Warner on accuracy, books, dawn, joy, justice, kindness, libraries, mathematics, mind, novelty, and passion

For twenty pages perhaps, he read slowly, carefully, dutifully, with pauses for self-examination and working out examples. Then, just as it was working up and the pauses should have been more scrupulous than ever, a kind of swoon and ecstasy would fall on him, and he read ravening on, sitting up till dawn to finish the book, as though it were a novel. After that his passion was stayed; the book went back to the Library and he was done with mathematics till the next bout. Not much remained with him after these orgies, but something remained: a sensation in the mind, a worshiping acknowledgment of something isolated and unassailable, or a remembered mental joy at the rightness of thoughts coming together to a conclusion, accurate thoughts, thoughts in just intonation, coming together like unaccompanied voices coming to a close.

Source: Mr. Fortune's Maggot.

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