All science requires mathematicsthe knowledge of mathematical things
is almost innate in usthis is the easiest of
sciences. A fact which is obvious in that no one's brain rejects
it. For laymen and people who are utterly illiterate
know how to count and reckon. Roger known as Doctor Mirabilis Bacon Opus Majus, pt.4, ch.1 (translated by Robert Belle
Mathematics is the door and key to the sciences. Roger known as Doctor Mirabilis Bacon Opus Majus, pt.4, ch.1 (translated by Robert Belle
All things began in order, so shall they end, and so shall they begin again;
according to the ordainer of order and mystical
mathematics of the city of heaven. SirThomas Browne The Garden of Cyrus, ch.5.
Entre le pe nis et les mathe matiquesil
n'existe rien. Rien! Between the penis
and mathematicsthere's nothing. Nothing! Destouches Voyage au bout de la nuit ( Journey to the End of
Night, translated by John
H P Marks,1960).
EDUCATION.At Mr Wackford Squeers's Academy, Dotheboys Hall, at
the delightful village of Dotheboys, near Greta Bridge
inYorkshire.Youth are boarded, clothed, booked,
furnished with pocket-money, providedwith all
necessaries, instructed inall languages, living and dead,
mathematics, orthography, geometry, astronomy,
trigonometry, the use of the globes, algebra, single stick (if
required), writing, arithmetic, fortification, and
every other branch of classical literature. Terms,
twenty guineas per annum. No extras, no vacations, and
diet unparalleled. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^9 Nicholas Nickleby, ch.3.
As faras the laws of mathematics refer to reality, theyare not certain, and as
far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Albert Einstein Quoted in Fritjof
Capra The Tao of Physics (1975), ch.2.
Vanite desVanite s;Vanite de la ge ome trie. Vanity of vanities!
Vanity of mathematics! the Great Frederick II Letter to Voltaire, 25 Jan, protesting against the
increasing use of mathematical
calculation in engineering projects, which he saw as theory
triumphing over practical experience.
Beauty isthe first test: there isno permanent place in the world for ugly
mathematics. Godfrey Harold Hardy A Mathematician's Apology.
[There is] a delusion that macro-economics is both viableanduseful (a
delusionencouraged by its extensive use of mathematics,
which must always impress politicians lacking
any mathematical education, and which is really the
nearest thing to the practice of magic that occurs among
professional economists). Friedrich August von Hayek The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, ch.6.
It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address
was so short. The laws of
prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of
mathematics, of physics. Ernest Millar Hemingway Letter, 23 Jul.
All creative people hate mathematics. It's the most uncreative subject
you can study. SirAlec (AlexanderArnold Constantine) Issigonis Recalled on his
death. Quoted in The Australian, 5 Oct1988.
In one word he told me the secret of success in mathematics:
Plagiarizeonly be sure always to call it please 'research'. Tom (Thomas Andrew) Lehrer 'Lobachevski', satirical song.
There are two ways to teach mathematics.One is to take real pains toward
creating understandingvisual aids, that sort of thing.
The other is the old British style of teaching until
you're blue in the face. James R Newman Quoted in the NewYork Times, 30 Sep.
Let no one ignorant of mathematics enter here. Plato c.380 BC
Inscription over the door of theAcademy at Athens.
Mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beautya beauty
cold and austere, like that of sculpture. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell The Principles of Mathematics.
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than
man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as in
poetry. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell Mysticism and Logic.
Angling may be saidtobe so likemathematics, that itcan never be fully
learnt. Izaak Walton The Compleat Angler,'Epistle to the Reader'.
Mathematics is thought moving in the sphere of complete
abstraction from any particular instance of what it is talking
about. Alfred North Whitehead ScienceAnd the ModernWorld.