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Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
Edsger Dijkstra
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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
,
Mathematics
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
Mathematics
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Men
,
True
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
Day
,
Mind
,
Believe
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra
Mathematics
,
Better
Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
Edsger Dijkstra
Change
,
Improvement
,
Want
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Mathematics
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Written
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
,
Look
,
Fail
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Stand
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Shoulders
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Other
The greatest mathematicians, as Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, always united theory and applications in equal measure.
Felix Klein
Greatest
,
Measure
,
Equal
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
,
School
,
Me
Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express.
James C. Maxwell
Ideas
,
Language
,
New
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
Daniel Bernoulli
Better
,
Earth
,
True
Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible?
Henri Poincare
Themselves
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Need
,
Add
First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.
Andre Weil
People
,
Choose
,
First
Abel has left mathematicians enough to keep them busy for 500 years.
Charles Hermite
Busy
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Years
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Enough
As far as I know, only a small minority of mathematicians, even of those with Platonist views, accept the idea that there may be mathematical facts which are true but unknowable.
Abraham Robinson
Small
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Facts
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Know
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
I Am
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Thinking
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Proud
Mathematicians didn't invent infinity until 1877. So they thought it was impossible that Africans could be using fractal geometry.
Ron Eglash
Thought
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Impossible
The Internet gives you access to a lot of material, and it's fun to sit and read. I go to something like Wikipedia and look at different topics... I find the subject fascinating. I like to read about concepts and mathematicians.
Viswanathan Anand
Fun
,
Internet
,
Look
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
Henri Poincare
Study
,
Between
,
Objects
Mathematicians have been hiding and writing messages in the genetic code for a long time, but it's clear they were mathematicians and not biologists because, if you write long messages with the code that the mathematicians developed, it would more than likely lead to new proteins being synthesized with unknown functions.
Craig Venter
Time
,
Writing
,
Unknown
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
,
Way
I worked in a number of high schools in New York, and I wound up at Stuyvesant High School, which is known nationally for producing brilliant scientists and mathematicians, but I had writing classes. I thought I was teaching. They thought I was teaching, but I was learning.
Frank McCourt
Learning
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School
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Writing
Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers.
Brian Greene
Rules
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Like
,
Bend
For Israel to retain its amazing position as the largest concentration of high tech after Silicon Valley, we need more engineers and mathematicians. We have too many lawyers.
Naftali Bennett
Amazing
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Engineers
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Lawyers
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
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Greatest
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