Mathematics quotes

Music is what mathematics does on a Saturday night.
 Aaron Sorkin 
Mathematics is not yet capable of coping with the naÃ¯vetÃ© of the mathematician himself.
 Abraham Kaplan 
All the truths of mathematics are linked to each other, and all means of discovering them are equally admissible.
 AdrienMarie Legendre 
I had drawings that were the first time that mathematics was put into visual form.
 Agnes Denes 

Without mathematics, we are blind.
 Alain Badiou 
Mathematical reasoning may be regarded...
 Alan Turing 
... preliminary accounting, banking and surveying (known as arithmetic, algebra and geometry).
 Alan Watts 
... nets, grids, and other types of calculus.
 Alan Watts 

Mathematics are well and good but Nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.
 Albert Einstein 
The new art must be based upon science  in particular, upon mathematics, as the most exact, logical, and graphically constructive of the sciences.
 Albrecht Durer 
We know that nature is described by the best of all possible mathematics because God created it. So there is a chance that the best of all possible mathematics will be created out of physicists' attempts to describe nature.
 Alexander Markovich Polyakov 
We know that nature is described by the best of all possible mathematics because God created it.
 Alexander Markovich Polyakov 

On the ostensible exactitude of certain branches of human knowledge, including mathematics. The exactness is a fake.
 Alfred North Whitehead 
Mathematics as a science, commenced when first someone, probably a Greek, proved propositions about "any" things or about "some" things, without specifications of definite particular things.
 Alfred North Whitehead 
If I feel unhappy, I do mathematics to become happy. If I am happy, I do mathematics to keep happy.
 Alfred Renyi 
There is no smallest among the small and no largest among the large, but always something still smaller and something still larger.
 Anaxagoras 

I changed the course of my life, from the rigidity of mathematics and the corporate rhythm to a more bohemian world.
 Andrea Hirata 
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
 Andrew Wiles 
Numbers are the most certain things we have.
 Andy Rooney 
I'd like to take some calculus, too. I have absolutely no ability in that direction and not much interest, either, but there's something going on in mathematics that I don't understand, and I'd like to find out what it is.
 Andy Rooney 

I had the most beautiful set of theories you ever knew when I started out as a schoolma'am, but every one of them has failed me at some pinch or another.
 Anne Shirley 
Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.
 Archimedes 
There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics.
 Archimedes 
The socalled Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.
 Aristotle 

The mathematics is not there till we put it there.
 Arthur Eddington 
I believe there are 15, 747, 724, 136, 275, 002, 577, 605, 653, 961, 181, 555, 468, 044, 717, 914, 527, 116, 709, 366, 231, 425, 076, 185, 631, 031, 296 protons in the universe and the same number of electrons.
 Arthur Eddington 
A felicitous but unproved conjecture may be of much more consequence for mathematics than the proof of many a respectable theorem.
 Atle Selberg 
In mathematics we find the primitive source of rationality; and to mathematics must the biologists resort for means to carry out their researches.
 Auguste Comte 

Mathematicians care no more for logic than logicians for mathematics.
 Augustus De Morgan 
I was x years old in the year x2.
 Augustus De Morgan 
The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination.
 Augustus De Morgan 
There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god, they would make him threesided.
 Baron de Montesquieu 

There is an underlying timelessness in the basic conversation that is mathematics.
 Barry Mazur 
I studied mathematics which is the madness of reason.
 Benjamin Moser 
Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions.
 Benjamin Peirce 
The most complex object in mathematics, the Mandelbrot Set ... is so complex as to be uncontrollable by mankind and describable as 'chaos'.
 Benoit Mandelbrot 

Fractal geometry is not just a chapter of mathematics, but one that helps Everyman to see the same world differently.
 Benoit Mandelbrot 
My special pleasure in mathematics rested particularly on its purely speculative part.
 Bernard Bolzano 
Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.
 Bertrand Russell 
The rules of logic are to mathematics what those of structure are to architecture.
 Bertrand Russell 

Bacon not only despised the syllogism, but undervalued mathematics, presumably as insufficiently experimental. He was virulently hostile to Aristotle , but he thought very highly of Democritus , Although he did not deny that the course of nature exemplifies a Divine purpose, he objected to any admixture of teleological explanation in the actual investigation of phenomena; everything, he held, should be explained as following necessarily from efficient causes .
 Bertrand Russell 
Atheism is the opium of the mathematicians. Atheism is the religion of Mathematics.
 Bill Gaede 
Over the centuries, monumental upheavals in science have emerged time and again from following the leads set out by mathematics.
 Brian Greene 
I wasn't actually very naturally good at economics. My brain doesn't work very well, in terms of mathematics.
 Brit Marling 

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
Mathematics is the queen of the sciences
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
In mathematics there are no true controversies.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
Mathematics is concerned only with the enumeration and comparison of relations.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 

Mathematics is the queen of science, and arithmetic the queen of mathematics.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
I protest against the use of infinite magnitude ..., which is never permissible in mathematics.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 
Wherever Mathematics is mixed up with anything, which is outside its field, you will find attempts to demonstrate these merely conventional propositions a priori, and it will be your task to find out the false deduction in each case.
 Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi 
Nature's economy shall be the base for our own, for it is immutable, but ours is secondary. An economist without knowledge of nature is therefore like a physicist without knowledge of mathematics.
 Carl Linnaeus 

Except in pure mathematics, nothing is known for certain (although much is certainly false).
 Carl Sagan 
Mathematics seems to endow one with something like a new sense.
 Charles Darwin 
We are servants rather than masters in mathematics.
 Charles Hermite 
From a mathematical standpoint it is possible to have infinite space. In a mathematical sense space is manifoldness, or combinations of numbers. Physical space is known as the 3dimension system. There is the 4dimension system, the 10dimension system.
 Charles Proteus Steinmetz 

Theoretically, I grant you, there is no possibility of error in necessary reasoning. But to speak thus "theoretically," is to uselanguage in a Pickwickian sense. In practice, and in fact, mathematics is not exempt from that liability to error that affects everything that man does.
 Charles Sanders Peirce 
Another characteristic of mathematical thought is that it can have no success where it cannot generalize.
 Charles Sanders Peirce 
Mathematics is purely hypothetical: it produces nothing but conditional propositions.
 Charles Sanders Peirce 
In mathematics and science, there is no difference in the intelligence of men and women. The difference in genes between men and women is simply the Y chromosome, which has nothing to do with intelligence.
 Christiane NussleinVolhard 

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.
 Christopher Morley 
Arithmetic is where the content lies, and not logic; but logic prompts certainty, and not arithmetic.
 David Berlinski 
My interests started about in science and in mathematics; I always thought I was going to be a mathematician.
 David Chalmers 
No one shall expel us from the paradise which Cantor has created for us. Expressing the importance of Cantor's set theory in the development of mathematics.
 David Hilbert 

Mathematics is concerned with "all possible worlds."
 David Malet Armstrong 
Mathematics doesnâ€™t care about those beyond the numbers.
 Dejan Stojanovic 
My mathematics is simple: one plus one = one.
 Dejan Stojanovic 
I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it.
 Diane Cilento 

What mathematics are to matter and force, occult science is to life and consciousness,
 Dion Fortune 
James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong  he's good.
 Don Van Vliet 
A mathematical formula should never be "owned" by anybody! Mathematics belong to God.
 Donald Knuth 
Programming is much much harder than doing mathematics.
 Doron Zeilberger 

Regardless of whether or not God exists, God has no place in mathematics, at least in my book.
 Doron Zeilberger 
If you learn music, you'll learn history. If you learn music, you'll learn mathematics. If you learn music, you'll learn most all there is to learn.
 Edgar Cayce 
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
 Edsger Dijkstra 
There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.
 Edsger Dijkstra 

Perhaps the most surprising thing about mathematics is that it is so surprising.
 Edward Charles Titchmarsh 
Where there is no mathematics, there is no freedom.
 Edward Frenkel 
It was as though applied mathematics was my spouse, and pure mathematics was my secret lover.
 Edward Frenkel 
Mathematics education is much more complicated than you expected, even though you expected it to be more complicated than you expected.
 Edward G. Begle 

Mathematics is an activity governed by the same rules imposed upon the symphonies of Beethoven, the paintings of DaVinci, and the poetry of Homer.
 Edward Kasner 
Mathematics is man's own handiwork, subject only to the limitations imposed by the laws of thought.
 Edward Kasner 
Perhaps the greatest paradox of all is that there are paradoxes in mathematics.
 Edward Kasner 
Mathematicians seem to have no difficulty in creating new concepts faster than the old ones become well understood.
 Edward Norton Lorenz 

Physics without mathematics is meaningless.
 Edward Teller 
Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
 Eric Temple Bell 
The longer mathematics lives the more abstract  and therefore, possibly also the more practical  it becomes.
 Eric Temple Bell 
PoincarÃ© was a vigorous opponent of the theory that all mathematics can be rewritten in terms of the most elementary notions of classical logic; something more than logic, he believed, makes mathematics what it is.
 Eric Temple Bell 

If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper.
 Eric Temple Bell 
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
 Eric Temple Bell 
QED  Quod erat demonstrandum.
 Euclid 
A line is length without breadth.
 Euclid 

The unreasonable efficiency of mathematics in science is a gift we neither understand nor deserve.
 Eugene Wigner 
I always smile when I hear that women cannot excel in mathematics.
 Evelyn Boyd Granville 
Thus, in a sense, mathematics has been most advanced by those who distinguished themselves by intuition rather than by rigorous proofs.
 Felix Klein 
In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.
 Fran Lebowitz 

There is no problem that cannot be solved.
 Francois Viete 
I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
 G. H. Hardy 
[P]ure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.
 G. H. Hardy 
As history proves abundantly, mathematical achievement, whatever its intrinsic worth, is the most enduring of all.
 G. H. Hardy 