Monday, May 02, 2005

Math Quotes

  ~Charles Babbage, letter to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, about a couplet in his "The Vision of Sin" Math is radical!  ~Bumper Sticker If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.  ~Phil Pastoret There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web.  They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles.  Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities - potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry - that was a sublime experience.  The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.  ~Gregory Benford, Timescape It is a mathematical fact that fifty percent of all doctors graduate in the bottom half of their class.  ~Author Unknown If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.  ~Author Unknown Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.  ~Carl Sandburg, "Arithmetic" Arithmetic is numbers you squeeze from your head to your hand to your pencil to your paper till you get the answer.  ~Carl Sandburg, "Arithmetic" If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.  ~Richard Preston 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.  ~Eric T. Bell, The Development of Mathematics 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.  ~Francis Bacon, "Of Studies" The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.  ~S. Gudder The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra.  ~Author Unknown The mathematics are distinguished by a particular pr


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