# mathematics

## A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on justice, mathematics, and universe

Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe.

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## A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on certainty, faults, mathematics, and people

It may be true that people who are merely mathematicians have certain specific shortcomings; however, that is not the fault of mathematics, but is true of every exclusive occupation.

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## A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on destiny, ethics, future, god, lies, mathematics, problems, science, and solution

There are problems to whose solution I would attach an infinitely greater importance than to those of mathematics, for example touching ethics, or our relation to God, or concerning our destiny and our future; but their solution lies wholly beyond us and completely outside the province of science.

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956. p. 314.

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## A Quote by Karl Friedrich Gauss on mathematics

Mathematics is the queen of the sciences.

Source: Sartorius von Waltershausen, Gauss zum Gedächtniss, 1856

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## A Quote by Karl Arbeiter on awareness, college, failure, mathematics, mind, schools, and teaching

You're aware the boy failed my grade school math class, I take it? And not that many years later he's teaching college. Now I ask you: Is that the sorriest indictment of the American educational system you ever heard? [pauses to light cigarette.] No aptitude at all for long division, but never mind. It's him they ask to split the atom. How he talked his way into the Nobel prize is beyond me. But then, I suppose it's like the man says, It's not what you know . . .

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## 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.]

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

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## 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].

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## A Quote by Joseph Conrad on absence, imagination, mathematics, respect, and world

Do not talk to me of Archimedes' lever. He was an absent-minded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.

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## A Quote by Joseph Conrad on imagination, mathematics, respect, and world

Don't talk to me of your Archimedes' lever. He was an absentminded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands all my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.

Source: Preface to A Personal Record.

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## A Quote by John William Navin Sullivan on experience, god, ideas, imagination, limits, logic, mathematics, principles, science, universe, and world

The mathematician is entirely free, within the limits of his imagination, to construct what worlds he pleases. What he is to imagine is a matter for his own caprice; he is not thereby discovering the fundamental principles of the universe nor becoming acquainted with the ideas of God. If he can find, in experience, sets of entities which obey the same logical scheme as his mathematical entities, then he has applied his mathematics to the external world; he has created a branch of science.

Source: Aspects of Science, 1925.

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