Mathematical quotes

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded...
 Alan Turing 
I became more and more convinced that even nature could be understood as a relatively simple mathematical structure.
 Albert Einstein 
No Roman ever died in contemplation over a geometrical diagram.
 Alfred North Whitehead 
Never had any mathematical conversations with anybody, because there was nobody else in my field.
 Alonzo Church 

I never use a computer.
 Andrew Wiles 
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
 Aristotle 
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
 Aristotle 
ExProfessor Moriarty of mathematical celebrity... is the Napoleon of crime, Watson.
 Arthur Conan Doyle 

Mathematical Analysis is... the true rational basis of the whole system of our positive knowledge.
 Auguste Comte 
I knew that he was as reliable as a mathematical formula.
 Augusten Burroughs 
The Mandelbrot set is the most complex mathematical object known to mankind.
 Benoit Mandelbrot 
Mathematicians are like lovers. Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must also grant him, and from this consequence another.
 Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle 

Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.
 Blaise Pascal 
When I give this talk to a physics audience, I remove the quotes from my 'Theorem'.
 Brian Greene 
If you had done something twice, you are likely to do it again.
 Brian Kernighan 
If others would but reflect on mathematical truths as deeply and continuously as I have, they would make my discoveries.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss 

There is a mathematical formula to why you got famous. It isnâ€™t some magical thing that just started happening.
 Chad Kroeger 
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 
Another characteristic of mathematical thought is that it can have no success where it cannot generalize.
 Charles Sanders Peirce 
It is a common observation that a science first begins to be exact when it is quantitatively treated. What are called the exact sciences are no others than the mathematical ones.
 Charles Sanders Peirce 

... and it is probably that there is some secret here which remains to be discovered.
 Charles Sanders Peirce 
log log log x goes to infinity with great dignity.
 Daniel Shanks 
Neither concepts nor mathematical formulae can explain the infinite.
 Eckhart Tolle 
Die mathematische Forschung besteht aus 10% Intuition und 90% Arbeit.
 Edmund Hlawka 

Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete, full idea of what pure mathematical research is like or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.
 Edmund Husserl 
It is my experience that proofs involving matrices can be shortened by 50% if one throws the matrices out.
 Emil Artin 
The Handmaiden of the Sciences.
 Eric Temple Bell 
If "Number rules the universe" as Pythagoras asserted, Number is merely our delegate to the throne, for we rule Number.
 Eric Temple Bell 

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
 Euclid 
I actually wanted to be an astronaut, but I don't have a mathematical brain.
 Eva Amurri 
The seeds from Ramanujan's garden have been blowing on the wind and have been sprouting all over the landscape. [On the stimulating effects of Ramanujan's mathematical legacy.]
 Freeman Dyson 
Nature is written in mathematical language.
 Galileo Galilei 

A pure mathematical series would be one in which each term is derived from the preceding term by a rule.
 George Oppen 
If all art aspires to the condition of music, all the sciences aspire to the condition of mathematics.
 George Santayana 
How is error possible in mathematics?
 Henri Poincare 
Inspiration is constantly in the air. It's up to us to develop the sensitivity to pick up on it.
 Herbie Hancock 

Before you generalize, formalize, and axiomatize there must be mathematical substance.
 Hermann Weyl 
Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind.
 Honore de Balzac 
Words are a pretty fuzzy substitute for mathematical equations.
 Isaac Asimov 
It is utterly implausible that a mathematical formula should make the future known to us, and those who think it can would once have believed in witchcraft.
 Jacob Bernoulli 

The essential fact is that all the pictures which science now draws of nature, and which alone seem capable of according with observational facts, are mathematical pictures.
 James Jeans 
The universe can best be pictured as consisting of pure thought, the thought of what for want of a better word we must describe as a mathematical thinker.
 James Jeans 
Every dimension is special.
 Jeffrey Lagarias 
The very term 'combinatorial methods' has an oxymoronic character.
 Joel Spencer 

The infinitely competent can be uncreative.
 John Edensor Littlewood 
If one has really technically penetrated a subject, things that previously seemed in complete contrast, might be purely mathematical transformations of each other.
 John von Neumann 
In my free time I do differential and integral calculus.
 Karl Marx 
I don't believe in natural science.
 Kurt GÃ¶del 

Fourier is a mathematical poem.
 Lord Kelvin 
[Referring to Fourier's mathematical theory of the conduction of heat] ... Fourier's great mathematical poem ...
 Lord Kelvin 
The mathematical expectation of the speculator is zero.
 Louis Bachelier 
Beyond basic mathematical aptitude, the difference between good programmers and great programmers is verbal ability.
 Marissa Mayer 

A beautiful problem is no joke!
 Marvin Knopp 
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
 Nicolaus Copernicus 
But if two and two and fifty make a million,...
 Pete Seeger 
The next grand extensions of mathematical physics will, in all likelihood, be furnished by quaternions.
 Peter Tait 

Je serais reconnaissant a toute personne ayant compris cette demonstration de me l'expliquer.
 Pierre Deligne 
Man follows only phantoms.
 PierreSimon Laplace 
I've always had a more spatial mind, mathematical, than literal.
 Portia Doubleday 
It seems that jazz is more cerebral and more mathematical in a sense.
 Rita Coolidge 

We have failed to protect science against speculative extensions of nature, continuing to assign physical and mathematical properties to hypothetical entities beyond what is observable in nature.
 Robert Lanza 
There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is.
 Russell Crowe 
Homeopathy seemed . . . both mathematical and poetic.
 Scarlett Thomas 
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
 Sofia Kovalevskaya 

Mathematics is an escape from reality.
 Stanislaw Ulam 
Here at Wisconsin we didn't get an undergraduate course in mathematical logic until the '60s.
 Stephen Cole Kleene 
Music is a science, in many ways it's mathematical.
 Steve Winwood 
The explorer is the person who is lost.
 Tim Cahill 

It is clear that economics, if it is to be a science at all, must be a mathematical science.
 William Stanley Jevons 
In short, I do not write for mathematicians, nor as a mathematician, but as an economist wishing to convince other economists that their science can only be satisfactorily treated on an explicitly mathematical basis.
 William Stanley Jevons 
We have never pushed it far enough to know, but we decided 47 percent was the right percentage. You can quote us on that. It's very mathematical.
 Cinco Paul 
Asked for a testimony to the effect that Emmy Noether was a great woman mathematician, he said: I can testify that she is a great mathematician, but that she is a woman, I cannot swear.
 Edmund Landau 

MacPherson told me that my theorem can be viewed as blah blah blah Grothendieck blah blah blah, which makes it much more respectable.
 Jim Propp 
It seems to me that all the evidence points to Apollonius as the founder of Greek mathematical astronomy.
 Otto E. Neugebauer 
Love was even more mathematical than poetry. It was the pure mathematics of the spirit.
 Charles Williams 
Besides the mathematical arts there is no infallible knowledge, except that it be borrowed from them.
 Robert Recorde 

The mathematical education of the young physicist [Albert Einstein] was not very solid, which I am in a good position to evaluate since he obtained it from me in Zurich some time ago.
 Hermann Minkowski 
Instead of the animistic, mechanistic, or the mathematical universe, we see the genetic, organic, holistic universe.
 Jan Smuts 
The extraction tax is based in part on production times the market value at the wellhead, so any downturn in the market price is going to be a mathematical impact on the shale tax. But beyond that, it also concerns me because it also impacts the health of the industry.
 Tom Wolf