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Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Mathematics
Written
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.
Mathematics
Great
Madness
Doubt
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
Mystery
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
Edsger Dijkstra
Mathematics
Better
Difficult
Pure
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
Henri Poincare
Study
Between
Objects
Relations
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
School
High School
New
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
Me
Look
Way
Your
Mathematicians stand on each other's shoulders.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Stand
Shoulders
Each
Other
Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge.
Andrew Wiles
Love
Challenge
Problems
Try
First rate mathematicians choose first rate people, but second rate mathematicians choose third rate people.
Andre Weil
People
Choose
First
Second
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Mathematicians didn't invent infinity until 1877. So they thought it was impossible that Africans could be using fractal geometry.
Ron Eglash
Impossible
Thought
Geometry
Infinity
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
Me
Father
School
Chemistry
We need scientists and mathematicians explaining why they are excited about their subjects but also why they are important for solving social problems, informing political debate and for the economy.
Marcus du Sautoy
Problems
Debate
Political
Important
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
True
Be True
It would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth.
Daniel Bernoulli
Better
True
Physics
Earth
Our next-door neighbour taught physics at Hampton University. Our church abounded with mathematicians. Supersonics experts held leadership positions in my mother's sorority, and electrical engineers sat on the board of my parents' college alumni associations.
Margot Lee Shetterly
Leadership
Mother
Parents
Church
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
Problems
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
Never
Artists realise that mathematicians have a way of looking at the world that can make them see things differently.
Marcus du Sautoy
Looking
World
Way
See
A dead tree, cut into planks and read from one end to the other, is a kind of line graph, with dates down one side and height along the other, as if trees, like mathematicians, had found a way of turning time into form.
Alice Oswald
Time
Tree
Way
Down
We don't have parades for mathematicians, we have parades for astronauts. You don't think about all the thousands of people who worked on that capsule and crunched the numbers and were integral in getting that into space.
Theodore Melfi
You
People
Space
Think
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
Facts
Know
True
Small
Most were beginning to feel they had learned enough to last for the rest of their lives. They remained mathematicians, but largely went their own way.
Benoit Mandelbrot
Rest
Feel
Beginning
Way
When I first began studying prices, it wasn't a topic that mathematicians were working on. Purely by accident, I saw a set of data on price changes presented in a lecture and realized they behaved similarly to the geometric models I was already studying.
Benoit Mandelbrot
Studying
Price
Data
Changes
Mathematicians are born, not made.
Henri Poincare
Born
Made
Mathematicians are always playing tricks on each other. They're always pulling jokes on each other.
Jeremy Irons
Jokes
Always
Playing
Pulling
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