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You don't have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
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I found what I was looking for at Langley. This was what a research mathematician did. I went to work every day for 33 years happy. Never did I get up and say I don't want to go to work.
Katherine Johnson
Work
,
Happy
,
Day
Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth.
Marston Morse
Beauty
,
Mathematics
,
Earth
No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
Jacques Derrida
Language
,
Angry
,
Understand
A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
G. H. Hardy
Ideas
,
Permanent
,
Poet
I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Impossible
,
Lawyers
,
Doubt
You don't have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Numbers
,
Feel
,
You
Leonardo Fibonacci, the great 13th century Italian mathematician (11751250) created the 'Fibonacci sequence' to explain behavior in nature mathematically. History has it that the first question he posed was how many rabbits would be created in one year starting with one pair.
Rick Santelli
Nature
,
History
,
Great
There is no philosophy which is not founded upon knowledge of the phenomena, but to get any profit from this knowledge it is absolutely necessary to be a mathematician.
Daniel Bernoulli
Knowledge
,
Philosophy
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
Paul Erdos
Coffee
,
Turning
,
Device
The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.
Edsger Dijkstra
Mathematics
,
Step
,
Elegance
The numbers may be said to rule the whole world of quantity, and the four rules of arithmetic may be regarded as the complete equipment of the mathematician.
James C. Maxwell
World
,
Rules
,
Numbers
You don't watch 'A Beautiful Mind' and say, 'This is how every mathematician is.'
Catherine Hardwicke
Beautiful
,
Mind
,
You
It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.
Sofia Kovalevskaya
Soul
,
Impossible
,
Poet
May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life.
James Joseph Sylvester
Life
,
Music
,
Mathematics
A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
G. H. Hardy
Ideas
,
Permanent
,
Poet
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato
Capable
,
Ever
,
Reasoning
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
,
Elegance
One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.
Stefan Banach
See
,
Imagine
,
Ultimate
In 2010, my two Harvard mathematician colleagues and I dismantled kinselection theory, which was the reigning theory of the origin of altruism at the time.
E. O. Wilson
Time
,
Colleagues
,
Altruism
I have written a book called 'In the Wonderland of Numbers.' It's about a young girl, Neha, who is very poor in mathematics, but in a series of illusory experiences, she becomes a great mathematician.
Shakuntala Devi
Great
,
Mathematics
,
Girl
The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols, dealing apparently with purely formal truths, may still reach results of endless importance for our description of the physical universe.
Karl Pearson
Universe
,
May
,
Symbols
Dr. Karel Culik is an outstanding applied mathematician, a specialist in algebra, logic, computer sciences and mathematical linguistics. In 1965, he visited the linguistics research program at MIT, and we have worked together on several projects since.
Noam Chomsky
Together
,
Research
,
Logic
I knew a lot of black scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, and female mathematicians and engineers, women of all backgrounds. So this idea that anyone could be an engineer, a mathematician, or whatever, was something that I had grown up with and thought was really normal.
Margot Lee Shetterly
Women
,
Thought
,
Black
On completing my degree, I started a Ph.D. in statistics, although I knew very little about the topic. My supervisor was Professor Harry Pitt, who was an excellent pure mathematician and probabilist.
Clive Granger
Statistics
,
Professor
A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician can notice analogies between theories.
Stefan Banach
Best
,
Better
,
Find
I am not a mathematician, but I was aware that for centuries, mathematics was considered the queen of the sciences because it claimed certainty. It was grounded on some fundamental certainties  axioms  that led to others.
Tom Stoppard
Mathematics
,
Queen
,
I Am
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