Mathematics Quotes

Most popular mathematics quotes

The world is built on the power of numbers.
Let no one ignorant of geometry enter my door.
Mathematics is both the door and the key to the sciences.
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
Mathematics possesses not only truth but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of a sculpture.
In every department of physical science there is only so much science, properly so-called, as there is mathematics.

science

Math was my worst subject. I was never able to convince the mathematics teacher that many of my answers were meant ironically.
Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

reality

For he who knows not mathematics cannot know any other science; what is more, he cannot discover his own ignorance, or find its proper remedy.
To avoid the tedious repetition of these words, 'is equal to,' I will set a pair of parallels of one length, because no two things can be more equal.
Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human.  At best he is a tolerable sub-human who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house.
Men are constantly attracted and deluded by two opposite charms: the charm of competence which is engendered by mathematics and everything akin to mathematics, and the charm of humble awe, which is engendered by meditation on the human soul and its experiences.

meditation

It is quite possible that mathematics was invented in the ancient Middle East to keep track of tax receipts and grain stores. How odd that out of this should come a subtle scientific language that can effectively describe and predict the most arcane aspects of the Universe.
Mathematics rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.
It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit. But its very simplicity and the great ease which it has lent to computations put our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions; and we shall appreciate the grandeur of the achievement the more when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest men produced by antiquity.

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