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Alfred North Whitehead
There is no getting out of it. Through and through the world is infected with quantity. To talk sense is to talk in quantities. . . . You cannot evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and to music, and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves. Elegant intellects which despise the theory of quantity are but half developed. They are more to be pitied than blamed.
The Aims of Education, 1917
Albert Einstein
It is mathematics that offers the exact mathematical sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not obtain.
Albert Einstein
Andrew Wiles
Perhaps I could best describe my experience of doing mathematics in terms of entering a dark mansion. You go into the first room and it's dark, completely dark. You stumble around, bumping into furniture. Gradually, you learn where each piece of furniture is, and, finally, after six months or so, you find the light switch and turn it on. Suddenly, it's all illuminated and you know exactly where you were. Then you enter the next dark room....
PBS Nova program: The Proof
Albert Einstein
Pure mathematics is . . . the poetry of logical ideas.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Alfred North Whitehead
Our minds are finite, and yet even in those circumstances of finitude, we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of human life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.
Alfred North Whitehead
Ada Lovelace (1843)
The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be.
The Difference Engine, by Doron Swade, Viking, 2000
Albert Einstein
I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
Manfred Schroeder, Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws 1991
Albert Einstein
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.
Manfred Schroeder, Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws 1991

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