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I don't think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don't give mathematics a real chance.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Mathematics
Believe
Think
Chance
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
Dream
You don't have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
You
Feel
Numbers
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
Down
Result
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
Person
See
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
Go
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Plato
Capable
Who
Reasoning
Ever
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
Paul Erdos
Coffee
Device
Turning
Theorems
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
I Am
Queen
Others
I am not enough of a mathematician to be able to judge either the well-foundedness or the limits of relativity in physics.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I Am
Judge
Limits
Physics
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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
Day
Happy
Research
I've always considered myself more of a mathematician than a psychologist.
Alan Greenspan
Myself
Always
More
Than
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
Angry
Understand
Language
Your
One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.
Stefan Banach
See
Imagine
Who
Between
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
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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
He
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
Mathematics
Girl
Great
Book
It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.
Sofia Kovalevskaya
Soul
Impossible
Being
Without
Every intelligent person, whether he's an artist or not - a mathematician, a doctor, a scientist - possesses a poetic way of seeing and describing the world.
Yehuda Amichai
Doctor
World
Way
Person
I was a mathematician by nature, and still am - I just knew I didn't want to be a mathematician. So I decided not to take any mathematics courses.
Stephen Sondheim
Nature
Mathematics
Want
Just
In 2010, my two Harvard mathematician colleagues and I dismantled kin-selection theory, which was the reigning theory of the origin of altruism at the time.
E. O. Wilson
Time
Colleagues
Two
Altruism
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
Two
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
Way
Leonardo Fibonacci, the great 13th century Italian mathematician (1175-1250) 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
Behavior
My dad was a mathematician and worked for New York City as a statistician. My mom was an accountant and eventually started her own business in her mid-40s. She linked manufacturers in Taiwan to companies in the United States that needed those types of products.
Lisa Su
Business
City
Mom
Dad
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
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Flood
Reach
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