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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
,
School
,
Thought
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
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
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
,
Mathematics
,
Be True
Mathematicians are like managers  they want improvement without change.
Edsger Dijkstra
Change
,
Improvement
,
Want
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
,
Know
,
May
I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium, and symptoms of schizophrenia.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Great
,
Mathematics
,
Doubt
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Stand
,
Shoulders
,
Each
Mathematicians may flatter themselves that they possess new ideas which mere human language is as yet unable to express.
James C. Maxwell
Language
,
Ideas
,
May
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra
Mathematics
,
Better
,
Pure
Many mathematicians derive part of their selfesteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
Edsger Dijkstra
Thinking
,
I Am
,
Proud
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
,
Assumptions
The greatest mathematicians, as Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss, always united theory and applications in equal measure.
Felix Klein
Greatest
,
Measure
,
Equal
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
,
Mathematics
Mathematicians didn't invent infinity until 1877. So they thought it was impossible that Africans could be using fractal geometry.
Ron Eglash
Thought
,
Impossible
Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems  they love a challenge.
Andrew Wiles
Love
,
Challenge
,
Problems
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
Daniel Bernoulli
Earth
,
Better
,
Physics
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
Kindness
,
Truth
,
Value
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Mathematics
,
Written
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
Henri Poincare
Study
,
Between
,
Objects
Mathematicians are born, not made.
Henri Poincare
Born
,
Made
Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible?
Henri Poincare
Need
,
Themselves
,
Add
First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.
Andre Weil
People
,
Choose
,
First
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
Know
,
Want
,
Solutions
The greatest problem for mathematicians now is probably the Riemann Hypothesis.
Andrew Wiles
Greatest
,
Problem
,
Now
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
,
Way
,
Look
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