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Definition of Generality


  1. The state of being general; the quality of including species or particulars.
  2. That which is general; that which lacks specificalness, practicalness, or application; a general or vague statement or phrase.
  3. The main body; the bulk; the greatest part; as, the generality of a nation, or of mankind.

Generality Quotations

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.
Richard Courant

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

Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality; for mere individual existence or actuality without any regularity whatever is a nullity. Chaos is pure nothing.
Charles Sanders Peirce

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.
David Hilbert
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