Israel Gelfand Quotes and Sayings  Page 1

“Eugene Wigner wrote a famous essay on the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in natural sciences. He meant physics, of course. There is only one thing which is more unreasonable than the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in physics, and this is the unreasonable ineffectiveness of mathematics in biology.”
 Israel Gelfand 
“The older I get, the more I believe that at the bottom of most deep mathematical problems there is a combinatorial problem.”
 Israel Gelfand 
“People think they donâ€™t understand math, but itâ€™s all about how you explain it to them. If you ask a drunkard what number is larger, 2/3 or 3/5, he wonâ€™t be able to tell you. But if you rephrase the question: what is better, 2 bottles of vodka for 3 people or 3 bottles of vodka for 5 people, he will tell you right away: 2 bottles for 3 people, of course.”
 Israel Gelfand
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