##### von Neumann, John (1903 - 1957)

In mathematics you
don't understand
things. You just get
used to them.

In G. Zukav, The
Dancing Wu Li
Masters.

##### Valery, Paul (1871 - 1945)

In the physical world, one cannot increase the size or quantity of anything without changing its quality. Similar figures exist only in pure geometry.

##### van Vleck, E. B.

This new integral of
Lebesgue is proving
itself a wonderful
tool. I might
compare it with a
modern Krupp gun, so
easily does it
penetrate barriers
which were
impregnable.

Bulletin of the
American
Mathematical
Society, vol. 23,
1916.

##### Veblen, Thorstein (1857-1929)

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

The Place of Science in Modern Civilization and Other Essays.

##### Veblen, Thorstein (1857-1929)

Invention is the mother of necessity.

J. Gross, The Oxford Book of Aphorisms, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.

##### Voltaire (1694-1778)

Vous avez trouve par
de long ennuis

Ce que Newton
trouva sans sortir
de chez
lui.

(You have
found with much
trouble

What
Newton found without
leaving his
home.)

[Written
to La Condamine
after his
measurement of the
equator.]

In J. R. Newman
(ed.), The World of
Mathematics, New
York: Simon and
Schuster, 1956.

##### Voltaire (1694-1778)

He who has heard the
same thing told by
12,000 eye-witnesses
has only 12,000
probabilities, which
are equal to one
strong probability,
which is far from
certain.

In J. R. Newman
(ed.), The World of
Mathematics, New
York: Simon and
Schuster, 1956.

##### Voltaire (1694-1778)

There are no sects
in geometry.

W. H. Auden and L.
Kronenberger (eds.),
The Viking Book of
Aphorisms, New York:
Viking Press, 1962.