If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.
~John Louis von Neumann
Mathematics are well and good but nature keeps dragging us around by the nose.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Black holes result from God dividing the universe by zero.
Mathematics – the unshaken Foundation of Sciences, and the plentiful Fountain of Advantage to human affairs.
I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.
If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
A mathematician is a scientist who can figure out anything
except such simple things as squaring the circle and trisecting an
Math is radical!
It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class.
If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.
Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.
Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.
If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.
Even stranger things have happened; and perhaps the strangest
of all is the marvel that mathematics should be possible to a race akin
to the apes.
So if a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics;
for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he
must begin again.
The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.
The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra.
The mathematics are distinguished by a particular privilege,
that is, in the course of ages, they may always advance and can never
Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.
It is not the job of mathematicians… to do correct arithmetical operations. It is the job of bank accountants.
Trigonometry is a sine of the times.
Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway,
but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get
lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have
been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere.
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine
madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of
~Alfred North Whitehead
The tantalizing and compelling pursuit of mathematical problems
offers mental absorption, peace of mind amid endless challenges, repose
in activity, battle without conflict, “refuge from the goading urgency
of contingent happenings,” and the sort of beauty changeless mountains
present to sense tried by the present-day kaleidoscope of events.
Mathematics is as much an aspect of culture as it is a collection of algorithms.
The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious
bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think.
This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry.
Sometimes it is useful to know how large your zero is.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
Mathematics is the only good metaphysics.
most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is
no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in
Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.
How many times can you subtract 7 from 83, and what is left
afterwards? You can subtract it as many times as you want, and it
leaves 76 every time.
To most outsiders, modern mathematics is unknown territory.
Its borders are protected by dense thickets of technical terms; its
landscapes are a mass of indecipherable equations and incomprehensible
concepts. Few realize that the world of modern mathematics is rich
with vivid images and provocative ideas.
With my full philosophical rucksack I can only climb slowly up the mountain of mathematics. ~Ludwig Wittgenstein
But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.
~Harold Marston Morse
Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more
absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer
than Monopoly. It’s free. It can be played anywhere – Archimedes did
it in a bathtub.
~Richard J. Trudeau
I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing
particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe
– because like Spinoza’s God, it won’t love us in return.
The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization.