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My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.
Bertrand Russell
I have found it!
Our reason is always disappointed by the inconstancy of appearances.
Blaise Pascal reason
No one shall expel us from the Paradise thathas created.
David Hilbert create
Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.
Stefan Banach power
Let us consider that swearing is a sin of all others peculiarly clamorous, and provocative of Divine judgment.
Isaac Barrow men
Mathematical discoveries, like springtime violets in the woods, have their season which no man can hasten or retard.
Janos Bolyai time
Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.
George Boole knowledge
The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.
Georg Cantor freedom
Projective geometry is all geometry.
Arthur Cayley
The only thing that might have annoyed some mathematicians was the presumption of assuming that maybe the axiom of choice could fail, and that we should look into contrary assumptions.
Alonzo Church choice
God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.
Paul Erdos universe
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
Euclid nature
To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be.
Leonhard Euler man
Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation.
Max Euwe thought
It is impossible for any number which is a power greater than the second to be written as a sum of two like powers. I have a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.
Pierre de Fermat power
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
Carl Friedrich Gauss wit
Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
G. H. Hardy world
There exists, if I am not mistaken, an entire world which is the totality of mathematical truths, to which we have access only with our mind, just as a world of physical reality exists, the one like the other independent of ourselves, both of divine creation.
Charles Hermite truth
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
Omar Khayyam life
Everyone knows what a curve is, until he has studied enough mathematics to become confused through the countless number of possible exceptions.
Felix Klein mathematics
Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.
Sofia Kovalevskaya science
God made integers, all else is the work of man.
Leopold Kronecker work
I understood that the will could not be improved before the mind had been enlightened.
Johann Heinrich Lambert mind
There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.
Benoit Mandelbrot time
It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.
John Von Neumann men
Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
Henri Poincare art
Mathematics is the music of reason.
James Joseph Sylvester music
My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful, but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.
Hermann Weyl work
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Alfred North Whitehead knowledge
What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their experiments lead.
Norbert Wiener men
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
Andrew Wiles self
Diophantos work is so unique among the Greek treatises which we possess, that he cannot be said to recall the style or subject-matter of any other author, except, indeed, in the fragment on Polygonal Numbers; and even there the reference to Hypsikles is the only indication we can lay hold of.
Diophantus work
From these beginnings, as it were, have issued bitterness, contentious obstinancy, lack of amenity, hasty judgement, anger, and an intense desire for revenge—to say nothing of headstrong will; that which many damn, by word at least, was my delight.
Gerolamo Cardano men
Considering how few, and how simple the Principles are, upon which the whole Art of Perspective depends, and withal how useful, nay how absolutely necessary this Art is to all forts of Designing; I have often wonderd, that it has still been left in so low a degree of Perfection, as it is found to be, in the Books that have been hitherto wrote upon it.
Brook Taylor books
The seventh Definition. The Golden Rule, or Rule of three, is that by which to three tearmes given, the fourth proportionall tearme is found.
Simon Stevin tea
An algebraic equation of degree 45 which Vieta attacked in reply to a challenge indicates the quality of his work in trigonometry. Consistently seeking the generality underlying particulars, Vieta had found how to express sin nθ n a positive integer as a polynomial in sin θ, cos θ. He saw at once that the formidable equation of his rival had manufactured from an equivalent of dividing the circumference of the unit circle into 45 equal parts. More important than this spectacular feat was Vietas suggestion that cubics can be solved trigonometrically.
François Viète art
It is by the straight line and the circle that the first and most simple example and representation of all things may be demonstrated, whether such things be either non-existent or merely hidden under Natures veils.Theorem I
John Dee nature
The quantity of action is the product of the mass of the bodies times their speed and the distance they travel. When a body is transported from one place to another, the action is proportional to the mass of the body, to its speed and to the distance over which it is transported.
Pierre Louis Maupertuis time