Every mathematician knows it is impossible to understand an elementary course in thermodynamics.

The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
Havelock EllisI mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where ½ proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
carl friedrich gaussI'm not a mathematician, but I've been hanging around with some of them long enough to know how the game is played.
brian hayesCarl Friedrich Gauss, often rated the greatest mathematician of all time, played the market. On a salary of 1,000 thalers a year, Euler left an estate of 170,587 thalers in cash and securities. Nothing is known of Gauss's investment methods.
william poundstoneIf we except the great name of Newton (and the exception is one that the great Gauss himself would have been delighted to make) it is probable that no mathematician of any age or country has ever surpassed Gauss in the combination of an abundant fertility of invention with an absolute vigorousness in demonstration...
henry john stephen smithAs a mathematician, von Neumann was quick, brilliant, efficient, and enormously broad in scientific interests beyond mathematics itself. He knew his technical abilities; his virtuosity in following complicated reasoning and his insights were supreme; yet he lacked absolute self confidence.
stanislaw ulamEvery mathematician worthy of the name has experienced the state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously. This feeling may last for hours at a time, even for days. Once you have experienced it, you are eager to repeat it but unable to do it at will, unless perhaps by dogged work.
andré weilScientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eye to our convenience at all.One of the chief duties of a mathematician in acting as an advisor to scientists is to discourage them from expecting too much of mathematicians.
Norbert WienerNo one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand at all, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language, with this 'relation,' precisely, which is yours.
jacques derridaGood, he did not have enough imagination to become a mathematician.
david hilbertAn old French mathematician said: A mathematical theory is not to be considered complete until you have made it so clear that you can explain it to the first man whom you meet on the street. This clearness and ease of comprehension, here insisted on for a mathematical theory, I should still more demand for a mathematical problem if it is to be perfect; for what is clear and easily comprehended attracts, the complicated repels us.
david hilbertThe union of the mathematician with the poet , fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal .
william jamesI always like to make explicit the fact that before I went off not too long ago to fight in the trenches, I was a mathematician by profession. I don't like people to get the idea that I have to do this for a living. I mean, it isn't as though I had to do this, you know, I could be making, oh, 3000 dollars a year just teaching.
tom lehrerA pair of statements may be taken conjunctively or disjunctively; for example, "It lightens and it thunders ," is conjunctive, "It lightens or it thunders" is disjunctive. Each such individual act of connecting a pair of statements is a new monad for the mathematician .
charles sanders peirceI'm sure a mathematician would claim that 0 and 1 are both very interesting numbers.
larry wallThere is a famous formula, perhaps the most compact and famous of all formulas developed by Euler from a discovery of de Moivre: It appeals equally to the mystic , the scientist , the philosopher , the mathematician .
A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
PlatoA mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
From the intrinsic evidence of his creation, the Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician.
A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems ; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician can notice analogies between theories. One can imagine that the ultimate mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.
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