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May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life.
James Joseph Sylvester
Life
,
Music
,
Dream
Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth.
Marston Morse
Beauty
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Earth
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Mysterious
I used to be really cute. I could send you earlier photos where I'm stunning. But I've gained about twenty pounds over the past two years, and the more weight I've put on, the more success I've had. If you drew a diagram of weight gain and me getting more work, a mathematician would draw some conclusions from that.
Zach Galifianakis
Success
,
Work
,
Past
No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
Jacques Derrida
Language
,
Angry
,
Rather
I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Impossible
,
Doubt
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Equal
The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.
Edsger Dijkstra
Step
,
Elegance
,
Clumsy
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
Paul Erdos
Coffee
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Turning
,
Device
And when I go around and talk to schools, what I tell the kids are, first of all, you have to accept each other's differences. Some of you are going to be a crappy football player, some of you are going to be a great mathematician. Whatever it is, accept each other's differences and help prop each other up.
Vince Flynn
Great
,
Football
,
Help
My interests started about in science and in mathematics; I always thought I was going to be a mathematician.
David Chalmers
Science
,
Interests
One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.
Stefan Banach
Imagine
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Analogy
,
Ultimate
You don't have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Numbers
There is no philosophy which is not founded upon knowledge of the phenomena, but to get any profit from this knowledge it is absolutely necessary to be a mathematician.
Daniel Bernoulli
Knowledge
,
Philosophy
A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
G. H. Hardy
Ideas
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Patterns
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Permanent
A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
G. H. Hardy
Ideas
,
Patterns
,
Permanent
The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about.
Clifford Geertz
Beauty
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Thinking
,
Talk
God is an awesome mathematician and physicist.
Francis Collins
God
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Awesome
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Physicist
The numbers may be said to rule the whole world of quantity, and the four rules of arithmetic may be regarded as the complete equipment of the mathematician.
James C. Maxwell
Rules
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Numbers
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Quantity
Over the years, I would go to my agents, my manager, and I would say, 'Hey, there's this amazing true story about this gay English mathematician who committed suicide in the 1950s.' And they would be like, 'Please don't ever write that script. That is an unmakeable film.'
Graham Moore
Amazing
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Suicide
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Gay
I had the idea that it would be wonderful to be a physicist or a mathematician maybe 500 years ago around the time of Newton when there were really fundamental things just lying around to be discovered.
David Chalmers
Time
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Lying
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Wonderful
A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician can notice analogies between theories.
Stefan Banach
Best
,
Notice
,
Theories
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato
Capable
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Reasoning
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Hardly
Dr. Karel Culik is an outstanding applied mathematician, a specialist in algebra, logic, computer sciences and mathematical linguistics. In 1965, he visited the linguistics research program at MIT, and we have worked together on several projects since.
Noam Chomsky
Together
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Research
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Logic
It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.
Sofia Kovalevskaya
Soul
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Impossible
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Poet
I am not a mathematician, but I was aware that for centuries, mathematics was considered the queen of the sciences because it claimed certainty. It was grounded on some fundamental certainties  axioms  that led to others.
Tom Stoppard
Queen
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Others
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Grounded
From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.
James Jeans
Great
,
Universe
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Creation
I was really quite geeky at school. At one point, I wanted to be prime minister or a mathematician.
Bel Powley
Point
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Geeky
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Quite
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