##### Mueller, Ian

[about Hypatia:]

In an era in which the domain of intellect and politics were almost exclusively male, Theon [her father] was an unusually liberated person who taught an unusually gifted daughter and encouraged her to achieve things that, as far as we know, no woman before her did or perhaps even dreamed of doing.

In G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

##### Moroney, M.J.

The words figure and fictitious both derive from the same Latin root, fingere. Beware!

##### Moore, E.H. (1862 - 1932)

We lay down a fundamental principle of generalization by abstraction:

"The existence of analogies between central features of various theories implies the existence of a general theory which underlies the particular theories and unifies them with respect to those central features...."

In H. Eves Mathematical Circles Revisited, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1971.

##### Mordell, L.J.

Neither you nor I nor anybody else knows what makes a mathematician tick. It is not a question of cleverness. I know many mathematicians who are far abler than I am, but they have not been so lucky. An illustration may be given by considering two miners. One may be an expert geologist, but he does not find the golden nuggets that the ignorant miner does.

In H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977.

##### Mittag-Leffler, Gosta

The mathematician's best work is art, a high perfect art, as daring as the most secret dreams of imagination, clear and limpid. Mathematical genius and artistic genius touch one another.

In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

##### Mitchell, Margaret

... She knew only
that if she did or
said thus-and-so,
men would unerringly
respond with the
complimentary
thus-and-so. It was
like a mathematical
formula and no more
difficult, for
mathematics was the
one subject that had
come easy to
Scarlett in her
schooldays.

[From *Gone
with the Wind*]

##### Minsky, Marvin Lee (1927- )

Logic doesn't apply
to the real world.

D. R. Hofstadter and
D. C. Dennett
(eds.), The Mind's
I, 1981.

##### Minkowski, Herman

From henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, have vanished into the merest shadows and only a kind of blend of the two exists in its own right.

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

##### Milton, John (1608-1674)

Chaos umpire sits

And by decision
more

embroils
the fray

by
which he reigns:
next

him high
arbiter

Chance
governs all.

##### Milton, John (1608-1674)

From Man or Angel
the great
Architect

Did
wisely to conceal,
and not divulge,

His secrets, to be
scanned by them who
ought

Rather
admire. Or, if they
list to try

Conjecture, he his
fabric of the
Heavens

Hath
left to their
disputes -- perhaps
to move

His
laughter at their
quaint opinions
wide

Hereafter,
when they come to
model Heaven

And calculate the
stars: how they will
wield

The
mighty frame: how
build, unbuild,
contrive

To
save appearances;
how gird the
Sphere

With
Centric and
Eccentric scribbled
o'er,

Cycle and
Epicycle, Orb in
Orb.

[From
*Paradise
Lost*]