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Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)
Wherever groups disclosed themselves, or could be introduced, simplicity crystallized out of comparative chaos.
Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science, New York, 1951, p 164.
Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)
Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
In H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles., Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988.
Banville, John
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s devoted Beckett readers greeted each successively shorter volume from the master with a mixture of awe and apprehensiveness; it was like watching a great mathematician wielding an infinitesimal calculus, his equations approaching nearer and still nearer to the null point.
Quoted in a review of Samuel Beckett's Nohow On: Ill Seen Ill Said, Worstward Ho, in The New York Review of Books, August 13, 1992.
Balzac, Honore de (1799 - 1850)
Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind.
Bagehot, Walter
Life is a school of probability.
Quoted in J. R. Newman (ed.), The World of Mathematics, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1956, p. 1360.
Baker, H. F.
[On the concept of group:]
... what a wealth, what a grandeur of thought may spring from what slight beginnings.
Florian Cajori, A History of Mathematics, New York, 1919, p. 283.
Bacon, Roger
In the mathematics I can report no deficience, except that it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of the pure mathematics, in that they do remedy and cure many defects in the wit and faculties intellectual. For if the wit be too dull, they sharpen it; if too wandering, they fix it; if too inherent in the sense, they abstract it. So that as tennis is a game of no use in itself, but of great use in respect it maketh a quick eye and a body ready to put itself into all postures; so in the mathematics, that use which is collateral and intervenient is no less worthy than that which is principal and intended.
John Fauvel and Jeremy Gray (eds.) A History of Mathematics: A Reader, Sheridan House, 1987.
Bacon, Roger
For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
Opus Majus part 4 Distinctia Prima cap 1, 1267.
Babbage, Charles (1792-1871)
I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam.
In H. Eves, In Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1969.