(227 quotes found)

“I don't believe in mathematics.”

Albert Einstein

“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.”

S. Gudder

“Mathematicians, who are only mathematicians, have exact minds, provided all things are explained to them by means of definitions and axioms; otherwise they are inaccurate and insufferable, for they are only right when the principles are quite clear”

Blaise Pascal

“Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.”

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality? Is human reason, then, without experience, merely by taking thought, able to fathom”

“If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.”

Galileo Galilei

“Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore.”

“The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.”

Winston Churchill

“Nearly all the philosophical and mathematical doctrines attributed to Pythagoras are derived from India”

Ludwig von Schroder