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Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible?
Henri Poincare
Themselves
,
Add
,
Infallible
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Written
The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Graham Greene
Truth
,
Kindness
,
Value
In my school, the brightest boys did math and physics, the less bright did physics and chemistry, and the least bright did biology. I wanted to do math and physics, but my father made me do chemistry because he thought there would be no jobs for mathematicians.
Stephen Hawking
Father
,
Biology
,
Chemistry
Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
Edsger Dijkstra
Change
,
Managers
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
Daniel Bernoulli
Earth
,
True
,
Physics
It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Men
,
True
,
Fault
The idea would be in my mind - and I know it sounds strange - is that the most important advances in medicine would be made not by new knowledge in molecular biology, because that's exceeding what we can even use. It'll be made by mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, figuring out a way to get all that information together.
Patrick Soon-Shiong
Knowledge
,
Together
,
Biology
Mathematicians are born, not made.
Henri Poincare
Born
A lot of boys in my poker circle are mathematicians who play on probability. I don't have that kind of brain, so I rely on instinct. But I recently found out that poker and cards in general go way back in my family gene pool.
Natalie Dormer
Family
,
Brain
,
Pool
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
,
Fail
,
Maybe
Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express.
James C. Maxwell
Language
,
Ideas
,
Themselves
As I say, there was this movement to try to bring philosophers and mathematicians together into an organization where they would talk to each other. An organization wasn't effective unless you had a journal. That's about all I know.
Stephen Cole Kleene
Together
,
Talk
,
Movement
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
E. T. Bell
Art
,
Fitness
,
Past
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra
Difficult
,
Pure
,
Branches
Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge.
Andrew Wiles
Love
,
Challenge
,
Problems
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Stand
,
Shoulders
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
Henri Poincare
Study
,
Relations
,
Objects
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
,
Thinking
,
Talk
All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
Thelonious Monk
Musicians
The greatest mathematicians, as Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, always united theory and applications in equal measure.
Felix Klein
Greatest
,
Measure
,
Equal
Therefore I would not have it unknown to Your Holiness, the the only thing which induced me to look for another way of reckoning the movements of the heavenly bodies was that I knew that mathematicians by no means agree in their investigation thereof.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Unknown
,
Agree
,
Knew
I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future.
Andrew Wiles
Hope
,
Future
,
Problem
Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.
Leonhard Euler
Mystery
,
Numbers
,
Reason
Abel has left mathematicians enough to keep them busy for 500 years.
Charles Hermite
Busy
,
Left
The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.
Andrew Wiles
Greatest
,
Problem
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