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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
,
Less
,
Boy
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
Mind
,
Reason
,
Order
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Written
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
Daniel Bernoulli
True
,
Earth
,
Physics
All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians.
Thelonious Monk
Musicians
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Each
,
Stand
,
Shoulders
Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge.
Andrew Wiles
Love
,
Problems
,
Challenge
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
,
Sense
Mathematicians are born, not made.
Henri Poincare
Born
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
,
Certain
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
Another
,
Means
,
Knew
Mathematicians aren't satisfied because they know there are no solutions up to four million or four billion, they really want to know that there are no solutions up to infinity.
Andrew Wiles
Four
,
Million
,
Satisfied
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
,
Worth
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra
Difficult
,
Remain
,
Pure
Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers.
Brian Greene
Rules
,
Willing
,
Classical
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
Henri Poincare
Study
,
Relations
,
Objects
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
,
Found
,
Brain
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
,
Means
,
Thinking
Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
Edsger Dijkstra
Change
,
Managers
Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
Edsger Dijkstra
Thinking
,
Themselves
,
Afraid
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
Even the greatest mathematicians, the ones that we would put into our mythology of great mathematicians, had to do a great deal of leg work in order to get to the solution in the end.
Daniel Tammet
Work
,
Great
,
Greatest
Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express.
James C. Maxwell
Themselves
,
Ideas
,
Language
Mathematicians didn't invent infinity until 1877. So they thought it was impossible that Africans could be using fractal geometry.
Ron Eglash
Until
,
Impossible
,
Using
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
,
Mind
,
Together
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