(236 quotes found)

“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.”

Albert Einstein

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

Galileo Galilei

“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”

“Adam and Eve are like imaginary number, like the square root of minus one... If you include it in your equation, you can calculate all manners of things, which cannot be imagined without it.”

Philip Pullman

“The fear of infinity is a form of myopia that destroys the possibility of seeing the actual infinite, even though it in its highest form has created and sustains us, and in its secondary transfinite forms occurs all around us and even inhabits our minds.”

Georg Cantor

“Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.”

“Mathematics is the queen of sciences and arithmetic is the queen of mathematics”

Carl Friedrich Gauss

“Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.”

Stendhal

“The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence”

Charles Caleb Colton