Best Quotes About Mathematics

If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. -Francis Bacon

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 poetry. -Bertrand Russell

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. -Albert Einstein

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. -Albert Einstein

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. -Bertrand Russell

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry. -H. L. Mencken

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. -Richard M. Nixon

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. -John Adams

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability. -Vannevar Bush

When we were making the law, when we were writing the literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned. -Izaak Walton

How many of you have broken no laws this month? That's the kind of society I want to build. I want a guarantee – with physics and mathematics, not with laws – that we can give ourselves real privacy of personal communications. -John Gilmore

'Obvious' is the most dangerous word in mathematics. -E. T. Bell

You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality. -Hermann Weyl

Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music. -Frank Capra

It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant with the ideas of number and quantity. -George Boole

The mathematics is not there till we put it there. -Arthur Eddington

The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality. -David Hilbert

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country. -David Hilbert

The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern. -Daniel Dennett

I could never accept findings based almost exclusively on mathematics. It ain't ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It's the things people know that ain't so. -Edwin Armstrong

To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be. -Leonhard Euler

Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination. -Sofia Kovalevskaya

The mathematics of rhythm are universal. They don't belong to any particular culture. -John McLaughlin

For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics. -Roger Bacon

All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This 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 Bacon

I was on the mathematics faculty at M.I.T. from 1951 through until I resigned in the spring of 1959. -John Forbes Nash, Jr.

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life. -James Joseph Sylvester

The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the laws of the intelligible world; the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the laws of human intelligence. -James Joseph Sylvester

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness. -E. T. Bell

If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper. -E. T. Bell

It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences. -E. T. Bell

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract – and therefore, possibly also the more practical – it becomes. -E. T. Bell

The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future. -E. T. Bell

It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer. -James Newman

The infinite in mathematics is alway unruly unless it is properly treated. -James Newman

The most painful thing about mathematics is how far away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it. -James Newman

The Theory of Groups is a branch of mathematics in which one does something to something and then compares the result with the result obtained from doing the same thing to something else, or something else to the same thing. -James Newman

Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians. -Edsger Dijkstra

There should be no such thing as boring mathematics. -Edsger Dijkstra

The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics. -Edsger Dijkstra

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures. -Jean Piaget

How is an error possible in mathematics? -Henri Poincare

One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics. -Henri Poincare

If mathematics is to be understood widely, we need to emphasise its elegance and its applications. Sometimes it seems that universities want to emphasise how difficult it is! -Johnny Ball

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it. -Georg Cantor

The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom. -Georg Cantor

Well it was not exactly a dissertation in logic, at least not the kind of logic you would find in Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica for instance. It looked more like mathematics; no formalized language was used. -Alonzo Church

Everyone knows what a curve is, until he has studied enough mathematics to become confused through the countless number of possible exceptions. -Felix Klein

Thus, in a sense, mathematics has been most advanced by those who distinguished themselves by intuition rather than by rigorous proofs. -Felix Klein

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics. -G. H. Hardy

God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it. -Andre Weil

This book is about physics and its about physics and its relationship with mathematics and how they seem to be intimately related and to what extent can you explore this relationship and trust it. -Roger Penrose

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days. -Andrew Wiles

Well, some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve. -Andrew Wiles

It's fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way – even if you don't solve it at the end of the day. -Andrew Wiles

The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself. -Andrew Wiles

I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about. -Andrew Wiles

We've lost something that's been with us for so long, and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics. But perhaps that's always the way with math problems, and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention. -Andrew Wiles

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future. -Andrew Wiles

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and physics rests on the concepts of space and time. -James J. Gibson

In my schooling through high school, I excelled mainly in chemistry, physics and mathematics. -James Rainwater

My interest in the sciences started with mathematics in the very beginning, and later with chemistry in early high school and the proverbial home chemistry set. -Rudolph A. Marcus

Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love of concepts and mathematics, was a marvelous experience. -Rudolph A. Marcus

It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. -Andrew Wiles

I'm sure that some of them will be very hard and I'll have a sense of achievement again, but nothing will mean the same to me – there's no other problem in mathematics that could hold me the way that this one did. -Andrew Wiles

But however measurable, there is much more life in music than mathematics or logic ever dreamed of. -Gabriel Marcel

Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics. -Gabriel Marcel

Apart from two periods of intense study, of music between the ages of 12 and 14 and of mathematics between the ages of 14 and 16, I coasted, daydreaming, through most of my school years. -James Black

I was fortunate to find an extraordinary mathematics and applied mathematics program in Toronto. -Walter Kohn

I chose to deal with the science of cryptography. Cryptography began in mathematics. Codes were developed, even from Caesar's time, based on number theory and mathematical principles. I decided to use those principles and designed a work that is encoded. -James Sanborn

What affected me most profoundly was the realization that the sciences of cryptography and mathematics are very elegant, pure sciences. I found that the ends for which these pure sciences are used are less elegant. -James Sanborn

Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with. -David Chalmers

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. -Christopher Columbus

And they're also very good at math, these super boogers, and so they teach Billy the ways of mathematics. -William Joyce

Whatever the course, whether the course was boring or interesting to me, whether I was talented in mathematics or not talented in languages, my parents expected A's. -Martin Lewis Perl

I read everything: fiction, history, science, mathematics, biography, travel. -Martin Lewis Perl

God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world. -Paul Dirac

I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural. -Carl Sandburg

I was so pleased to be at university to do physics and mathematics. -John Henry Carver

My early education was in the public school system of Omaha, where, retrospectively, I realize that my high school training served me in good stead for the basic subjects of mathematics, English, foreign languages and history. -Lawrence R. Klein

An early fascination with higher mathematics at the university level blossomed into speculative thinking that could provide a basis for dealing with economic issues. -Lawrence R. Klein

The completion of my undergraduate training at the University of California (Berkeley) provided just the needed touches of rigor at advanced levels in both economics and mathematics. -Lawrence R. Klein

I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation. -Robert Morgan

In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race. -Charles Babbage

We are servants rather than masters in mathematics. -Charles Hermite

It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics. Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that they have good solutions. -Whitfield Diffie

Now being in such grace and favor by reason I learned him some points of geometry and understanding of the art of mathematics with other things, I pleased him so that what I said he would not contrary. -William Adams

James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong – he's good. -Captain Beefheart

Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics. -Robert Quine

I went to Princeton from Amherst, where I split my interests between mathematics and philosophy. -Stephen Cole Kleene

I read one or two other books which gave me a background in mathematics other than logic. -Stephen Cole Kleene

I had a liberal arts education at Amherst College where I had two majors, mathematics and philosophy. -Stephen Cole Kleene

I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn't sure of it. -Diane Cilento

In some parts of life, like mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by. -Steve Wozniak

We must always emphasize research and development of science and mathematics, and I can think of no better way to achieve this than through our future in space. -Nick Lampson

Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics. -G. H. Hardy

I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art. -G. H. Hardy

It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics. -Richard Dawkins

As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest. -Simon Newcomb

I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was the study I was best fitted to follow, though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account. -Simon Newcomb

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it's supposed to talk about but is always spreading around. -Howard Nemerov

At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics. On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book. -John Pople

I abandoned chemistry to concentrate on mathematics and physics. In 1942, I travelled to Cambridge to take the scholarship examination at Trinity College, received an award and entered the university in October 1943. -John Pople

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist. I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics. -John Pople

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius. -Marston Morse

Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics. -Galileo Galilei

The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence. -Charles Caleb Colton

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. -Maria Mitchell

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it. -Camille Paglia

For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy but active experience in mathematics itself that can alone answer the question: What is mathematics? -Richard Courant

Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. -Nikola Tesla

Life has obliged him to remember so much useful knowledge that he has lost not only his history, but his whole original cargo of useless knowledge; history, languages, literatures, the higher mathematics, or what you will – are all gone. -Albert J. Nock

You want to know how to rhyme, then learn how to add. It's mathematics. -Mos Def

I took a break from acting for four years to get a degree in mathematics at UCLA, and during that time I had the rare opportunity to actually do research as an undergraduate. And myself and two other people co-authored a new theorem: Percolation and Gibbs States Multiplicity for Ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller Models on Two Dimensions, or Z2. -Danica McKellar

One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren't usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It's structures and patterns, and that's what we love, and that's what we get off on. -Danica McKellar

My main concern with the condition of mathematics in high school is that there's a lot of fear involved! Math is not, generally speaking, presented in a fun way. The concepts, as I see them, are fun, and that's the way I'd like to convey them myself. -Danica McKellar

Find your self-respect now. Don't dumb yourselves down. Think of yourself as capable and worthy of finding a guy who is going to respect you, too. It's so important, I mean, and the confidence you get from feeling smart and tackling something like mathematics, which is a challenge, right? Math is hard. -Danica McKellar

I recognize that I have a unique position to be a role model to young girls because I am doing something that they consider glamorous, which is acting, and yet I took a time to really get my education and study mathematics, and I think math is the cat's meow. -Danica McKellar

At the risk of being forgotten completely by the media, I went to college and pursued a passion that had nothing to do with acting: mathematics. -Danica McKellar

I had done quite a bit of research about math education when I spoke before Congress in 2000 about the importance of women in mathematics. The session of Congress was all about raising more scholarships for girls in college. I told them I felt that it's too late by college. -Danica McKellar

There's something uniquely interesting about Buddhism and mathematics, particularly about quantum physics, and where they meet. That has fascinated us for a long time. -Lilly Wachowski

This is a global fight to get the right people in the right place and we're talking about people with PhDs in engineering, computer science, mathematics. -Jerry Moran

It is generally recognised that women are better than men at languages, personal relations and multi-tasking, but less good at map-reading and spatial awareness. It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that women might be less good at mathematics and physics. -Stephen Hawking

A lot of music is mathematics. It's balance. -Mel Brooks

One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war. -Paul Wolfowitz

Many of our young people spend four years getting very expensive college degrees. But our universities fail them and the nation if they continue to graduate students with expertise in biochemistry, mathematics or history without teaching them to think about what problems are important and why. -Heather Wilson

What makes this story so remarkable is that throughout my early childhood I had ongoing learning difficulties, particularly in mathematics. I struggled to learn the multiplication table, and no matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn't remember 6 times 7 or 7 times 8. -Andrew Lo

My interests started about in science and in mathematics; I always thought I was going to be a mathematician. -David Chalmers

There is a slam-dunk case for extending foreign language teaching to children aged five. Just as some people have taken a perverse pride in not understanding mathematics, so we have taken a perverse pride in the fact that we do not speak foreign languages, and we just need to speak louder in English. -Michael Gove

I was fortunate to grow up in a middle-class home with two hardworking parents who enjoyed both reading and mathematics. -Freeman A. Hrabowski III

The problem is that modern fundamental physics is so far from you and me. The mathematics has become so much more complicated that you need at least 10 years to understand it. Fundamental physics has advanced so far from the understanding of most people that there is really a big disconnect. -Yuri Milner

I wasn't actually very naturally good at economics. My brain doesn't work very well, in terms of mathematics. -Brit Marling

I think I realized very early on that you can spend a lot of time constructing a really perfect scene in final draft and just end up throwing it away because you didn't figure out that mathematics of the story first. -Brit Marling

In my family, as in most middle-class Indian families I knew when I was growing up, science and mathematics were held in awe. -Aravind Adiga

Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It's extraordinary. There's a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that's wonderful. -Bob Hoskins

I hated science in high school. Technology? Engineering? Math? Why would I ever need this? Little did I realize that music was also about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, all rolled into one. -Mickey Hart

At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin. -Rita Levi-Montalcini

Thinking – in particular abstract thinking, which most of us are introduced to through the study of mathematics and literature – helps us learn that we can become problem solvers. -Kathryn Lasky

The world is a multiplicity, a harvest-field, a battle-ground; and thence arises through human contact ways of numbering, or mathematics, ways of tillage, or agriculture, ways of fighting, or military tactics and strategy, and these are incorporated in individuals as habits of life. -George Edward Woodberry

I love speculating about solutions to problems in mathematics. I have no interest whatever in sudoku. But I do look at chess and bridge problems in newspapers. I find that relaxing. -Vikram Seth

I believe that great success is possible in any field – from music to mathematics to macro trading. -Paul Tudor Jones

Calculating does not equal mathematics. It's a subsection of it. In years gone by it was the limiting factor, but computers now allow you to make the whole of mathematics more intellectual. -Conrad Wolfram

In my own research when I'm working with equations, I never feel like I really understand what I'm doing if I'm solely relying on the mathematics for my understanding. I need to have a visual picture in my mind. I'm constantly translating from the math to some intuitive mind's-eye picture. -Brian Greene

Over the centuries, monumental upheavals in science have emerged time and again from following the leads set out by mathematics. -Brian Greene

For most people, the major hurdle in grasping modern insights into the nature of the universe is that these developments are usually phrased using mathematics. -Brian Greene

I think math is a hugely creative field, because there are some very well-defined operations that you have to work within. You are, in a sense, straightjacketed by the rules of the mathematics. But within that constrained environment, it's up to you what you do with the symbols. -Brian Greene

In the Pythagorean system, thinking about numbers, or doing mathematics, was an inherently masculine task. Mathematics was associated with the gods, and with transcendence from the material world; women, by their nature, were supposedly rooted in this latter, baser realm. -Margaret Wertheim

The mathematics of quantum mechanics very accurately describes how our universe works. -Antony Garrett Lisi

I enjoyed mathematics from a very young age. At the beginning of college, I had this illusion, which was kind of silly in retrospect, that if I just understood math and physics and philosophy, I could figure out everything else from first principles. -Erez Lieberman Aiden

The Universal Zulu Nation stands to acknowledge wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, and equality, peace, unity, love, and having fun, work, overcoming the negative through the positive, science, mathematics, faith, facts, and the wonders of God, whether we call him Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, or Jah. -Afrika Bambaataa

I still don't like authority exercised without reason. But they laugh at you at Cambridge if you say that sort of thing. For them, the law is a system of rules not that different from mathematics. -John Lloyd

The power of mathematics is often to change one thing into another, to change geometry into language. -Marcus du Sautoy

You know, I'm not terribly fast at my times tables, because that's not what I think mathematics is about. -Marcus du Sautoy

I'm obviously attuned to pick up mathematics whenever I can see it. But in Mozart there is a lot of conscious use of mathematical symbolism and numbers in order to try and give messages. -Marcus du Sautoy

Both my parents instilled an interest in science and mathematics. -George Smoot

! want to leverage the creativity of researchers across mathematics, statistics, data mining, computer science, biology, medicine, and the public at large. -Tan Le

The broader the chess player you are, the easier it is to be competitive, and the same seems to be true of mathematics – if you can find links between different branches of mathematics, it can help you resolve problems. In both mathematics and chess, you study existing theory and use that to go forward. -Viswanathan Anand

Things like the financial markets – a proper grounding in mathematics could help the common man. I believe that if people are more familiar with mathematical concepts… it can help deal with modern life, which is increasingly complex. -Viswanathan Anand

I was reasonably interested in mathematics in school. Typically what happens is… when you start playing chess, it takes up a lot of your attention. But about 10 years ago, I found that the Internet is very good to start learning about a lot of subjects. -Viswanathan Anand

I find all of my performances come down to mathematics in a sense – how do you approach the problem of this character? Sometimes I crack that problem, sometimes I don't. -Brad Pitt

I'm a mathematician, basically. What I do is look around for problems where I can find useful applications for mathematics. All I do, really, is the math, and other people have the ideas. -Freeman Dyson

I was a mathematics major and really into math. -Mary Callahan Erdoes

I appreciate and enjoy mathematics and science and all that side of things. I definitely have that side of me even though I'm not by any means an expert, but I love reading about physics and math and that kind of stuff. I wish I knew more than I did. I mean, I read books written for laymen, not textbooks or anything. -Chris Parnell

Some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they're extremely hard to solve. There's no reason why these problems shouldn't be easy, and yet they turn out to be extremely intricate. -Andrew Wiles

I changed the course of my life, from the rigidity of mathematics and the corporate rhythm to a more bohemian world. -Andrea Hirata

I am severely dyslexic, so I'm not the person who can do a lot of typing, writing and mathematics. I don't excel in anything except in things that had to do with creativity and things with my hands. I like to build things and take things apart. -Raha Moharrak

If you listen to the great Beatle records, the earliest ones where the lyrics are incredibly simple. Why are they still beautiful? Well, they're beautifully sung, beautifully played, and the mathematics in them is elegant. They retain their elegance. -Bruce Springsteen

I was performing at a New Jersey high school, and I asked a class of 2,000 students, 'How many of you love mathematics?' and only one hand went up. And that was the hand of the maths teacher! -Shakuntala Devi

I haven't had any formal education. Through the grace of god, I am gifted in mathematics and the English language. -Shakuntala Devi

Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers. -Shakuntala Devi

Why do children dread mathematics? Because of the wrong approach. Because it is looked at as a subject. -Shakuntala Devi

I have written a book called 'In the Wonderland of Numbers.' It's about a young girl, Neha, who is very poor in mathematics, but in a series of illusory experiences, she becomes a great mathematician. -Shakuntala Devi

I have been running maths clubs for children completely free. In my building in Bangalore, I conduct maths clubs for several months, and every child who attended the club was poor in mathematics and is now showing brilliant results. -Shakuntala Devi

I was a mathematician by nature, and still am – I just knew I didn't want to be a mathematician. So I decided not to take any mathematics courses. -Stephen Sondheim

One of the strangest features of string theory is that it requires more than the three spatial dimensions that we see directly in the world around us. That sounds like science fiction, but it is an indisputable outcome of the mathematics of string theory. -Brian Greene

All mathematics is is a language that is well tuned, finely honed, to describe patterns; be it patterns in a star, which has five points that are regularly arranged, be it patterns in numbers like 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 that follow very regular progression. -Brian Greene

As a graduate student I studied mathematics fairly broadly, and I was fortunate enough, besides developing the idea which led to 'Non-Cooperative Games,' also to make a nice discovery relating to manifolds and real algebraic varieties. -John Forbes Nash, Jr.

There's a technicality to designing and wearing hats. A hat is balancing the proportions of your face; it's like architecture or mathematics. -Philip Treacy

Creativity is essential to particle physics, cosmology, and to mathematics, and to other fields of science, just as it is to its more widely acknowledged beneficiaries – the arts and humanities. -Lisa Randall

Not a lot of people know this, but I'm very good at mathematics. When I was an angry teenager, I used to sit in my room and do quadratic equations to calm myself down. -Samantha Bond

When I was a college student at Yale, I was studying physics and mathematics and was absolutely intent on becoming a theoretical physicist. -James Rothman

In science, technology, engineering and mathematics, men far outnumber women in the classroom and the boardroom. -Weili Dai

It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action. -Weili Dai

I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy, and one of my specializations was the logic and mathematics of game theory. I've also got a degree in drama, so I know about stories, characterizations, plot arcs, and the like. Lots of game designers can do one or the other: I've got the skills for both. -Brendan Myers

In mathematics and science, there is no difference in the intelligence of men and women. The difference in genes between men and women is simply the Y chromosome, which has nothing to do with intelligence. -Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

Films are not mathematics – that's the first thing you need to understand. At least, that's how I feel. They are not words on paper. Films are made with people, with teams and with individual bundles of creativity coming together to fulfill the vision of an individual who is the director of the film. -Shahid Kapoor

In terms of mathematics textbooks, why can't you have the scale of a national market? Right now, we have a Texas textbook that's different from a California textbook that's different from a Massachusetts textbook. That's very expensive. -Bill Gates

In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics. -Stephen Hawking

While physics and mathematics may tell us how the universe began, they are not much use in predicting human behavior because there are far too many equations to solve. I'm no better than anyone else at understanding what makes people tick, particularly women. -Stephen Hawking

I didn't know what kinds of questions to ask in mathematics. In physics, I could see there were things that were known and things that weren't. -Margaret Geller

My father's family hails from Banaras. My grandfather taught mathematics at Banaras Hindu University. Banaras is also dedicated to Lord Shiva, home to one of the great jyotirlings, the Kashi Vishwanath temple. -Amish Tripathi

I cannot recall a period when I did not draw; and at school, the studies that were distasteful to me, mathematics and grammar, were retarded by the indulgence of teachers who were proud of my drawing faculties, and passed over my neglect of uncongenial subjects. -Jacob Epstein

I engage in the use of game theory. Game theory is a branch of mathematics, and that means, sorry, that even in the study of politics, math has come into the picture. We can no longer pretend that we just speculate about politics; we need to look at this in a rigorous way. -Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Game theory is a branch of, originally, applied mathematics, used mostly in economics and political science, a little bit in biology, that gives us a mathematical taxonomy of social life, and it predicts what people are likely to do and believe others will do in cases where everyone's actions affect everyone else. -Colin Camerer

Many people suggest using mathematics to talk to the aliens, and Dutch computer scientist Alexander Ollongren has developed an entire language (Lincos) based on this idea. But my personal opinion is that mathematics may be a hard way to describe ideas like love or democracy. -Seth Shostak

No matter what engineering field you're in, you learn the same basic science and mathematics. And then maybe you learn a little bit about how to apply it. -Noam Chomsky

I am not a mathematician, but I was aware that for centuries, mathematics was considered the queen of the sciences because it claimed certainty. It was grounded on some fundamental certainties – axioms – that led to others. -Tom Stoppard

Creating a body of mathematics is about intellectual labor, not some kind of transcendental revelation. There are plenty of important components of European fractal geometry that are missing from the African version. -Ron Eglash

When Europeans first came to Africa, they considered the architecture very disorganized and thus primitive. It never occurred to them that the Africans might have been using a form of mathematics that they hadn't even discovered yet. -Ron Eglash

There's something mathematically satisfying about music: notes fit together and harmony and all that. And mathematics has to do with abstractions and making connections. -Tom Lehrer

I take after my mother more than my father in terms of personality. My mother's a worrier, and I'm a worrier. Both were very good with numbers and mathematics, so I kind of got that from both of them. -Michael Mina

Aerodynamics is mathematics for those who haven't learned to do calculus. In my case, too, for one who hasn't learned to add or multiply, at least the first time. -Richard Bach

I think you can get better in mathematics on a school level, but when you're talking about being a mathematician, I think that's definitely a gift of genes or whatever, you know? Whatever your pool is. -John Hurt

Every child should try everything: sport, music, art, mathematics; they can do it all. Copying and competition are now seen as twin evils, but they are both useful tools. -Tony Buzan

We all know that players will hit a few more home runs than usual in some years and a few less in others. But the mathematics of chance also predicts that some years they'll hit a lot more, and some years a lot less. -Leonard Mlodinow

I went to a liberal arts college, and as part of my background, I was majoring in mathematics and physics. -James Heckman

A nation may be born in a day, but the great truths which make for the glory and uplift of the race only through long ages permeate and control humanity. We must have the divine patience and understand the divine mathematics of a thousand years as one day. -David Josiah Brewer

I was a good student with mathematical ability and interests. As such, I took the usual college preparatory program in high school for one looking to become an engineer: all the available courses in mathematics and science. -Dale T. Mortensen

Information theory began as a bridge from mathematics to electrical engineering and from there to computing. -James Gleick

A good part of 'The Information' is about the transition from an oral to a literary culture. Books effected such a great transformation in the way we think about the world, our history, our logic, mathematics, you name it. I think we would be greatly diminished as a people and as a culture if the book became obsolete. -James Gleick

If everybody who was in the Forbes 400 said they were going to create 10,000 jobs, by my mathematics, that would be 4 million jobs. -William E. Conway, Jr.

I was always told that I was good in mathematics, and I guess my grades and standardized test scores supported that. My worst subjects were those that generally involved a lot of reading – English and history. So, having good test scores in math and mediocre ones in reading, I was naturally advised to major in engineering in college. -Henry Petroski

The most important single thing about string theory is that it's a highly mathematical theory, and the mathematics holds together in a very tight and consistent way. It contains in its basic structure both quantum mechanics and the theory of gravity. That's big news. -Leonard Susskind

I was very bad at mathematics in school, and I always had the feeling as a kid that when I worked on problems, that I would be wrong. -Simon McBurney

From the age of 13, I was attracted to physics and mathematics. My interest in these subjects derived mostly from popular science books that I read avidly. -David Gross

I won some genetic lottery. I always happened to be strangely good at mathematics in my head. I just popped out weird. -Rodney Brooks

I grew up in Adelaide, Australia. No one in my family had finished high school, and I was smart at mathematics, so I became an academic and got my Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford. I didn't set out to be a businessperson. -Rodney Brooks

I've always enjoyed mathematics. It is the most precise and concise way of expressing any idea. -N. R. Narayana Murthy

I had an excellent math and physics teacher in high school named T.C. Patel, and in the university, I had truly dedicated professors in both physics and mathematics who gave me a sound foundation with which to pursue graduate studies. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

I still remember asking my high school guidance teacher for permission to take a second year of algebra instead of a fifth year of Latin. She looked down her nose at me and sneered, 'What lady would take mathematics instead of Latin?' -Nancy Roman

A conventional truth can be important – it's essential to learn elementary mathematics, for example – but it won't give you an edge. It's not a secret. -Peter Thiel

There is a close analogy between organic chemistry in its relation to biochemistry and pure mathematics in its relation to physics. -Robert Robinson

The correct statement of the laws of physics involves some very unfamiliar ideas which require advanced mathematics for their description. Therefore, one needs a considerable amount of preparatory training even to learn what the words mean. -Richard P. Feynman

I'd like to be able to design as easily as if I was using Photoshop. I'd like to be able to create a multicolumn layout and control source order without having to do advanced mathematics or hire Eric Meyer or Dan Cederholm to figure out the CSS, because I can't. -Jeffrey Zeldman

At Tenafly High, I was lucky to have some dedicated teachers; I'm especially indebted to my calculus instructor, Francis Piersa, who opened my eyes to the striking beauty of mathematics. -Eric Maskin

My elementary education was at Christ Church infant school and St. Stephen's junior school. At St. Stephen's, I encountered my first real mentor, the headmaster Mr. Broakes. He must have spotted something unusual in me, for he spent lots of time encouraging my interest in mathematics. -Richard J. Roberts

I am a passionate reader, having been tutored very early by my mother. I avidly devoured all books on chemistry that I could find. Formal chemistry at school seemed boring by comparison, and my performance was routine. In contrast, I did spectacularly well in mathematics and sailed through classes and exams with ease. -Richard J. Roberts

By a combination of formal training and self study, the latter continuing systematically well into the 1940s, I was able to gain a broad base of knowledge in economics and political science, together with reasonable skills in advanced mathematics, symbolic logic, and mathematical statistics. -Herbert A. Simon

I started off thinking that maybe the social sciences ought to have the kinds of mathematics that the natural sciences had. That works a little bit in economics because they talk about costs, prices and quantities of goods. -Herbert A. Simon

The exact sciences, which would be considered a priori as little adapted to women, for example mathematics, astronomy and physics, are exactly those in which thus far they have most distinguished themselves. This contains a warning against too precipitate conclusions about the intellectual life of woman. -Ellen Key

To solve math problems, you need to know the basic mathematics before you can start applying it. -Catherine Asaro

School work and intellectual interests such as music and the arts were not especially important to me while I was growing up, although mathematics, my favorite subject, was fun. Baseball was my first passion: I played sand lot and Little League and rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers. -Robert C. Merton

My decision to leave applied mathematics for economics was in part tied to the widely-held popular belief in the 1960s that macroeconomics had made fundamental inroads into controlling business cycles and stopping dysfunctional unemployment and inflation. -Robert C. Merton

As an undergraduate at Columbia, I went to the engineering school. I had a great deal of training in engineering and mathematics as well as subdiversified training. And then I went to the California Institute of Technology to do my Ph.D. in applied math. -Robert C. Merton

When I finished high school, it was clear to me that I would study mathematics, even if I also considered economics and psychology. -Reinhard Selten

My first contact with game theory was a popular article in 'Fortune Magazine' which I read in my last high school year. I was immediately attracted to the subject matter, and when I studied mathematics, I found the fundamental book by von Neumann and Morgenstern in the library and studied it. -Reinhard Selten

We have such a great depth of human history in all of the arts, whether it's opera or mathematics or painting or classical music or jazz. There's so many things to study, new books to read, and certainly always ways to transform old ideas and to come up with new ones. -Patti Smith

My Ph.D. is in operations research. I was interested in making things work better and using mathematics to help do that. So operations research is what I studied as an undergraduate and graduate student. -Alvin E. Roth

I've always been interested in using mathematics to make the world work better. -Alvin E. Roth

Often people expect I have some touching personal story about kidney disease, but it's actually the mathematics that led me to it. -Alvin E. Roth

From the ages of five to twelve, I attended the Saint Laurence O'Toole elementary school in Lawrence, a city next to Methuen, and was taught by sisters of the Catholic order of Notre Dame de Namour. I enjoyed all my subjects there. I do not remember ever learning any science, except for mathematics. -Elias James Corey

I wonder if economics has less basic core material than is necessary for fields such as mathematics, physics, or chemistry, say. -Clive Granger

I preferred to use mathematics in some practical fashion and thought that meteorology sounded promising. -Clive Granger

By seventh grade, I was committed to mathematics. -Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

My parents owned a pharmacy in Budapest, which gave us a comfortable living. As I was their only child, they wanted me to become a pharmacist. But my own preference would have been to study philosophy and mathematics. -John Harsanyi

From a UX standpoint, the toughest battle is how to make a platform that's really open so kids can use it but has sort of hooks and constraints so it's actually driving towards revealing parts of the world through science or through mathematics. -Jake Barton

I started attending community college when I was 14 or 15, just doing general education stuff like history and mathematics. Then I went on to California State University Long Beach to pursue a degree in journalism. And then I ended up dropping out to found Oculus. -Palmer Luckey

The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value. -Ada Lovelace

A report released by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Partnership for New York City predicts that by 2018, there will be 800,000 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs in the United States that require a master's degree or higher – and only around 550,000 American-graduates with this training. -Marvin Ammori

My interest in science started quite early. My earliest school recollection, from age 6, is actually of mathematics, realizing that one could fill an entire page with digits and never come to the largest possible number, so I saw what was meant by infinity. -John C. Mather

The State of Israel must be at the forefront of global science – in physics, in mathematics, in medicine, in biology. -Naftali Bennett

To me, mathematics, computer science, and the arts are insanely related. They're all creative expressions. -Sebastian Thrun

I'm a mathematician and always have been, as far as I can remember. I don't remember when I first got involved with mathematics, but I think of myself always as a mathematician first. -Lloyd Shapley

As mathematics had been my best subject at school, my parents proposed – and I accepted – studies at the University of Lund in mathematics, statistics, and economics. The choice of the latter subject is said to be due to the fact that at the age of five years, I was very fond of calculating the cost of the various cakes my mother used to bake. -Bertil Ohlin

Although I liked especially physics and mathematics for which I had considerable talent, I decided to study medicine. This profession had for me a strong emotional appeal, which was reinforced by having an uncle who was an excellent surgeon. -Renato Dulbecco

At school, I wasn't as interested in mathematics. I did OK, but at the earliest point I could stop doing math, I stopped. -Matt Haig

I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium, and symptoms of schizophrenia. -John Forbes Nash, Jr.

I can observe the game theory is applied very much in economics. Generally, it would be wise to get into the mathematics as much as seems reasonable because the economists who use more mathematics are somehow more respected than those who use less. That's the trend. -John Forbes Nash, Jr.

I have passed English medical examinations in Hong Kong… In my youth, I experienced overseas studies. The languages of the West, its literature, its political science, its customs, its mathematics, its geography, its physics and chemistry – all these I have had the chance to study. -Sun Yat-sen

I got my mathematics degree because I wanted to teach deaf children math. -Nyle DiMarco

My belief is that nothing that can be expressed by mathematics cannot be expressed by careful use of literary words. -Paul Samuelson

Philip Kitcher thinks that mathematics is surprisingly like empirical science. Few mathematicians would agree; philosophers too, from Socrates on, have held the opposite opinion. -Ian Hacking

Studying music involves a lot of mathematics and a lot of exercises of memory. Or you've got to be able to be like somebody, to play like somebody, to play Mozart's music the way he played it and how he intended it. You've got to make it perfect, and that's not what I want to do. Although it is beautiful. -Benjamin Clementine

When we talk about music, we talk about our reaction to it. One person might say that music is so poetic, while another says it's all mathematics. Yet another might say it's about sensuality, and so on. That's all true. But music is not just one of these things. It's everything all at once. -Daniel Barenboim

If you're concentrating so damn hard on a piece of mathematics or a musical – a piece of music or a piece of art, the restraint that holds the rest of – the rest of the world back off and vanishes in the rest of your life. -Ethan Canin

We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics. -Katherine Johnson

We need to think about how we teach working-class children about not just hard skills, like reading and mathematics, but also soft skills, like conflict resolution and financial management. -J. D. Vance

When I got started in my own engineering course, my interest in physics and maths was very high. After all, engineering is all about applied maths and physics. If I were to learn anything further in physics or mathematics, it simply was not there. -Shiv Nadar

Critics of 'economic sciences' sometimes refer to the development of a 'pseudoscience' of economics, arguing that it uses the trappings of science, like dense mathematics, but only for show. -Robert J. Shiller

I can do lightning mathematics quicker than somebody can do them on a calculator. -Keith Barry

There are areas of philosophy that are important, but I think of them as being subsumed by other fields. In the case of descriptive philosophy, you have literature or logic, which, in my view, is really mathematics. -Lawrence M. Krauss

Formal logic is mathematics, and there are philosophers like Wittgenstein that are very mathematical, but what they're really doing is mathematics – it's not talking about things that have affected computer science; it's mathematical logic. -Lawrence M. Krauss

We should teach kids how to question. Now having said that, of course, to be a productive adult, there are certain skills that are required – reading, writing, and, in the old-fashioned days, we used to say arithmetic. Now we say mathematics. -Lawrence M. Krauss

I believe only in the mathematics. -Claudio Ranieri

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a form of money that's a stable field that the government can't destroy and can't distort. Because its creation is governed by the laws of mathematics. It can't happen any faster or slower than a certain rate, and it all sort of self-adjusts. -Patrick M. Byrne

I didn't pass the scholarship exam for Oxford because of poor mathematics. -Derek Walcott

The two important variables for the policy formulation are projected inflation and the output gap. There is no clear hidebound mathematics that we must give 'X' weight to inflation and 'Y' weight to growth and form the associated policy. -Urjit Patel

Across a range of inferences involving not just language but mathematics, logic problems, and spatial reasoning, sleep has been shown to enhance the formation and understanding of abstract relations, so much so that people often wake having solved a problem that was unsolvable the night before. -Daniel Levitin

By the time 1967 had rolled around, general relativity had been relegated to mathematics departments… in most people's minds, it bore no relation to physics. And that was mostly because experiments to prove it were so hard to do – all these effects that Einstein's theory had predicted were infinitesimally small. -Rainer Weiss

In Libya, I did well at school because I was clever. In Egyptian public school, I got the highest marks for the basest of reasons. And in the American school, I struggled. Everything – mathematics, the sciences, pottery, swimming – had to be conducted in a language I hardly knew and that was neither spoken in the streets nor at home. -Hisham Matar

I was born in Edinburgh, in Scotland, a few days after the end of the Second World War. Both my parents had left school at a very young age, unwillingly in my father's case. Yet both had deep effects on my education, my father influencing me toward measurement and mathematics, and my mother toward writing and history. -Angus Deaton

The social science on the impact of desegregation is clear. Researchers have consistently found that students in integrated schools – irrespective of ethnicity, race, or social class – are more likely to make academic gains in mathematics, reading, and often science than they are in segregated ones. -Clint Smith

I think the biggest thing that I learned, and why I've fallen in love with baseball, is how mental of a game it is. It's such a mental sport, and it's beautiful. I think definitely the mental aspect, the stats, and the mathematics, that, to me, really blew me away. -Kylie Bunbury

If you come from mathematics, as I do, you realize that there are many problems, even classical problems, which cannot be solved by computation alone. -Roger Penrose

When I was in Cambridge reading mathematics, I went to Amsterdam for the International Mathematics Congress. There I saw M.C. Escher's fascinating work. That inspired me to try my hand at drawing such impossibilities. -Roger Penrose

People seem to be afraid of science, and certainly, people seem to be afraid of mathematics. And I think that's such a shame, because I don't think it's as hard as people seem to think it is. -Heidi Hammel

The beauty of string theory is that it is all about mathematics. For that, you don't need resources or labs. Just sit in your room and do the maths. -Ashoke Sen

Growing up in Highland Park, in high school, I had some very influential teachers: I had a math teacher who taught calculus that helped me learn to be in love with mathematics; I had a chemistry teacher who inspired us to work what was in the class and to go beyond. -John M. Grunsfeld

One of the basic principles when you dealing with mathematics and Islam: Seek knowledge. -Gza

I like science and mathematics. When I say mathematics, I don't mean algebra or math in that sense, but the mathematics of things. -Gza

As more girls get basic schooling, larger numbers will move up the educational ladder – some to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. That's important because workplaces around the world, especially in many developing and emerging-market countries, are becoming more automated, favouring workers with technical skills. -Julia Gillard

I travelled round the world giving demonstrations of my talents. In every country, I performed for students, professors, teachers, bankers, accountants, and even laymen who knew very little, or nothing at all, about mathematics. -Shakuntala Devi

What is mathematics? It is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature. -Shakuntala Devi

I never thought I could be an actor, as I was always a studious geek and was always interested in mathematics. -Taapsee Pannu

I think one nice thing about mathematics is that we don't really have one prize that dominates all the others, like the Nobel prizes. -Terence Tao

I still remember the realization in college at Flinders University in Australia that mathematics was not just an abstract game of symbols but could be used as a tool to analyze and understand the modern world. -Terence Tao

I have been lucky to find very good collaborators who have taught me a lot, have introduced me to several new fields of mathematics, or have shown me new insights. -Terence Tao

Math education has changed over the years. In the 19th century, they taught spherical trigonometry because one of the biggest applications of mathematics was navigating the ocean. This is no longer so relevant. -Terence Tao

It is very humbling to receive the Fields Medal. The words of a Fields Medallist carry a lot of weight within mathematics – for instance, in framing future directions of research – which means that I have to watch what I say more carefully now! -Terence Tao

An exquisitely complex shape now known as the Mandlebrot set has been called the most complex object in mathematics. -Benoit Mandelbrot

Negative gender stereotypes related to girls' education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics begin as early as primary school and have the devastating effect of making them doubt their own potential. -Antonio Guterres

Music is an intrinsic part of life; therefore, it is important to transport different forms of artistic expression, science, and mathematics into compositions. -Ludovico Einaudi

The main thing for me is to consider sport at an equal level as you would consider mathematics or poetry at school. It's another place where you can send your kids; they can have fun, but you can expect them to have good teachers, and you can expect them to progress. -Vincent Kompany

My older brother was the person who got me interested in science in general. He used to tell me what he learned in school. My first memory of mathematics is probably the time that he told me about the problem of adding numbers from 1 to 100. -Maryam Mirzakhani

The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers. -Maryam Mirzakhani

I can see that, without being excited, mathematics can look pointless and cold. -Maryam Mirzakhani

I find discussing mathematics with colleagues of different backgrounds one of the most productive ways of making progress. -Maryam Mirzakhani

I don't think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don't give mathematics a real chance. -Maryam Mirzakhani

You are thinking about the music, about the mathematics of it. It's time-consuming and energy-consuming at the same time. That's why I take my time off, my family time, as inspirational. I cool off. -Atif Aslam

The ability to perform basic math calculations is certainly an integral part of playing fundamental poker. But in tournament poker, it's equally important to understand that survival often trumps mathematics in coin flip situations. -Daniel Negreanu

You don't need a Ph.D. in mathematics to be a successful poker player. -Daniel Negreanu

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