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A Quote by Paul Erdös on mathematics and problems

Mathematics is not yet ready for such problems.

Paul Erdos

Source: [Attributed by Paul Halmos.] The American Mathematical Monthly, Nov. 1992

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A Quote by Paul D. Shafer on acquaintance, action, art, children, history, influence, life, mathematics, music, people, philosophy, psychology, religion, science, and words

The most important single influence in the life of a person is another person. We may say to our children: Here is art, science, philosophy, mathematics, music, psychology, history, religion - and we may open innumerable doors along the corridors of living so that they will have a broad and even a minute acquaintance with the segments of life; but these introductions are not as important as knowing people whose characters and actions, personalities and words have grown after similar introductions and have become worthy of emulation.

Paul D. Shafer

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A Quote by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac on kindness, mathematics, and power

Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field.

Paul A.M. Dirac (1902 - 1984)

Source: P. J. Davis and R. Hersh The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhäuser, 1981.

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A Quote by Pafnuti Lvovich Chebyshev on mathematics and practicality

To isolate mathematics from the practical demands of the sciences is to invite the sterility of a cow shut away from the bulls.

Pafnuti Lvovich Chebyshev (1821 - 1894)

Source: G. Simmons, Calculus Gems, New York: Mcgraw Hill, Inc., 1992, page 198.

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A Quote by Oswald Spengler on art, change, imagination, mathematics, philosophy, and style

The mathematic, then, is an art. As such it has its styles and style periods. It is not, as the layman and the philosopher (who is in this matter a layman too) imagine, substantially unalterable, but subject like every art to unnoticed changes form epoch to epoch. The development of the great arts ought never to be treated without an (assuredly not unprofitable) side-glance at contemporary mathematics.

Oswald Spengler (1880 - 1936)

Source: The Decline of the West.

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on books, laws, mathematics, and nations

The law embodies the story of a nation's development through many centuries, and it cannot be dealt with as if it contained only the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Common Law, 1881

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on ability, action, anthropology, architecture, art, death, editors, education, engineering, evolution, facts, history, humanity, individuality, intelligence, knowledge, language, liberty, literature, mathematics, medicine, peac

Humanity today is not safe in the presence of humanity. The old cannibalism has given way to anonymous action in which the killer and the killed do not know each other, and in which,indeed, the very fact of mass death has the effect of making mass killing less reprehensible than the death of a single individual. In short, we have evolved in every respect except our ability to protect ourselves against human intelligence. Our knowledge is vast but does not embrace the workings of peace. . . . We study history, philosophy, religions, languages, literature, art, architecture, political science . . . anthropology, biology, medicine, psychology, sanitation . . . chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics. But we have yet to make peace basic to our education. The most important subject in the world is hardly taught at all. In the spirit of this passage, the editor has taken the liberty of editing Mr. Cousins' language to make it more gender inclusive.

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

Source: Place of Folly, 1962.

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A Quote by Norbert Wiener on chess, correction, mathematics, problems, reputation, and success

The Advantage is that mathematics is a field in which one's blunders tend to show very clearly and can be corrected or erased with a stroke of the pencil. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

Source: Ex-Prodigy: My Childhood and Youth.

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A Quote by Nikolai Lobatchevsky on day, mathematics, and world

There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not some day be applied to phenomena of the real world.

Nikolai Lobatchevsky

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

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A Quote by Niels H. Abel on determination, mathematics, and words

If you disregard the very simplest cases, there is in all of mathematics not a single infinite series whose sum has been rigorously determined. In other words,the most important parts of mathematics stand without a foundation.

Niels H. Abel (1802 - 1829)

Source: G. F. Simmons, Calculus Gems, New York: Mcgraw Hill, Inc., 1992, p. 188.

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