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1. Mathematical Quotation Server
Furman University Mathematical Quotation Server random or searchable math quotes.
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Theory attracts practice as the magnet attracts iron.
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The Development of Mathematics
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A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. ~Paul Erdos
Mathematics in Western Culture
The Search for Truth
Reflections On The Human Condition
Culture and Value Time Enough for Love that Through the Looking Glass The Tyranny of Numbers: Mismeasurement and Misrule
I used to love mathematics for its own sake, and I still do, because it allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.... ~Stendhal (Henri Beyle), The Life of Henri Brulard Sidelights on Relativity Proof The Nature of the Physical World There was a young man from Trinity, Who solved the square root of infinity. While counting the digits, He was seized by the fidgets, Dropped science, and took up divinity. ~Author Unknown One cannot escape the feeling that these mathematical formulas have an independent existence and an intelligence of their own, that they are wiser than we are, wiser even than their discoverers... five ~Ernst Mach The Way Things Are The Music of Chance Natural History The Eclogues Dots and Lines The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks Related Quotations: Statistics Related Site: Mathematical Quotation Server Graphic Credit:

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e-zgeometry Mathematical Quote of the Week Current Quote Past Quotes Math Cartoons Current e-z Math Quote of the Week It is not easy to write about mathematics. There is, first of all, the motivating force for mathematics which is beauty , and then the goal of mathematics which is truth . And finally, there is the importance of mathematics resulting from what the mathematical truths tell us about reality
(Jerry P. King - 1992) Go to Top Past e-z Math Quotes of the Week Geometry enlightens the intellect and sets one's mind right. All of its proofs are very clear and orderly. It is hardly possible for errors to enter into geometrical reasoning, because it is well arranged and orderly. Thus, the mind that constantly applies itself to geometry is not likely to fall into error. In this convenient way, the person who knows geometry acquires intelligence.
Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) Go to Top Whatever your difficulties in mathematics,
I can assure you mine are far greater.
Albert Einstein Go to Top Mathematics, as much as music or any other art, is one of the means by which we rise to a complete self-consciousness. The significance of Mathematics resides precisely in the fact that it is an art; by informing us of the nature of our own minds it informs us of much that depends on our minds.
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These quotes have been contributed and attributed by members of the Famous Quotes and Famous Sayings Network and many were previously posted to The Famous Quotes Mailing List. Please let me know if you find any errors or omissions or if you want to contribute. The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) Metaphysica Today, it is not only that our kings do not know mathematics, but our philosophers do not know mathematics. Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) It is as if mathematics were the vegetables of the academic dinner: Everyone knows that they are good for you, but no one forces you to eat them.

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8. Math Quotes
Quotations about Mathematics and Education. Listed below are the quotations from which the Daily Quote for the Handley Math Page is taken.
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10. Math 120 D, Autumn 1997
Handout 12 Nov 26, Chap 5; Handout 13 Dec 3, Chap 5; Handout 14 Dec 5, Final Review; math quotes If it s incomprehensible, it s mathematics. Bennett Cern.
Math 120 D, Autumn 1997
  • Instructor: Paul Tseng
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  • Office Hours: T, Th: 10:30-12:00 or whenever I am free
  • Lecture: MWF 1:30-2:20 PM, Sieg 134
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  • Textbook: Precalculus, A First Course in Problem Solving (version: 1997-98) by David H. Collingwood (available from Professional Copy `n' Print, 4200 University Way NE; 634-2689). [This will be supplemented by lecture notes, to be distributed regularly in class.]
  • Syllabus
  • Prerequisites for Math 120
      Proficiency in high school algebra/geometry and placement test or equivalent.
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      • The midterm is in two parts and is on
      • The final exam is on Saturday, December 13,5-7:50 pm
      • Notes and Comments The following lecture handouts come in two types, with or without the handrawn figures. The ones without figures have a larger character size and can be printed as Postscript files. The ones with figures have a smaller character size and need to be stored as bitmap files for printing. Hardcopies of the handouts were distributed in class and extra copies have been placed outside the instructor's office at Padelford C-344.
      • Handout 1 Sep 29, Chap 1
  • 11. Math Quotes
    Some math quotes. Here are some quotations about mathematics, culled from various sources and in no particular order. (Thanks to
    Some Math Quotes
    Here are some quotations about mathematics, culled from various sources and in no particular order. (Thanks to those who passed some on, especially Jim Propp!) I make no guarantee that the quotes are correct or properly attributed, but if you spot any errors or have more to contribute please send them to Stefan Bilaniuk No doubt but magic may do much in this;
    For he that reads but mathematic rules
    Shall find conclusions that avail to work
    Wonders that pass the common sense of men. Robert Greene, in Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay
    Algebra Prayer
    Our Professor, which doth have tenure,
    Feared be thy name.
    Thy sets partition,
    Thy maps commute,
    In groups as in vector spaces.
    Give us this day our daily notation,
    And forgive us our obtuseness,
    As we forgive tutors who canot help us. Lead us not into Lye rings, But deliver us from eigenvalues, For thine is the logic, the notation, and the accent, That confuses us forever. Amen. An anonymous University of Toronto mathematics student. "ARITHMETICUS" Virginia, Nevada. "If it would take a cannonball 3 1/8 seconds to travel four miles, and 3 3/8 seconds to travel the next four, and 3 5/8 to travel the next four, and if its rate of progress continued to diminish in the same ratio, how long would it take to go fifteen hundred million miles?"

    12. Pegasus Nest // Math // Math Quotes
    math quotes. Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics. Eric Bell Temple. DISCLAIMER These quotes are in no way intended

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    and I'll take down the quote(s). If you find yourself amused, I'm doing something right. Some of these are taken from professors whose classes I enjoyed and who had the good taste to be funny in lecture, and from other random sources. More will appear as they present themselves, and feel free to send them in
    "Standard deviation? I don't do that stuff. I'm actually a group theorist."Prof. D. Wise, in lecture (Math 221, Spring 1998)
    "You pronounce 'monodromy' so it doesn't rhyme with 'monotony.'"Prof. Graeme Bailey, in lecture (Math 401, spring 2000)
    "It says something about math that 'monotonous' is a technical term."Alex Kay (a nonmathematician friend)
    "Obviously this is weak chalk...or else I'm a very strong mathematician."Prof. Allen Hatcher, in lecture (Math 453, fall 2000)
    "Enrolling in an honors course is like asking for jalapeño peppers in your burrito. I'll try to give you enough peppers to make your eyes water and your nose run, but not so many that you feel like you're about to die."Prof. Ken Brown, in the handout for Math 433 (fall 2000)
    "Mathematicians tend to despise Dirac notation, because it can prevent them from making important distinctions, but physicists love it, because they are always forgetting such distinctions exist and the notation liberates them from having to remember."Prof. N. David Mermin, a footnote to his "Lecture Notes on Quantum Computation and Quantum Information Theory"

    13. Pure Math Quotes
    Pure math quotes. Here are the top ten quotes you hear from Pure Math Majors No, I do NOT take Pure Math 330. ; Stats? I ll just
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    Here are the top ten quotes you hear from Pure Math Majors:
  • "No, I do NOT take Pure Math 330." "Stats? I'll just take Measure Theory." "Math 13X " "Computing Integrals? I'll just prove the integral exists." "Of course I don't have a girlfriend!!" "What are you talking about Jackson's AWESOME!!" "You don't know Mo? He's the black one!" "Ugh... I have 4 assignments due tomorrow." "There's a GIRL in our class!!!" "That's your proof ... You must be in CS."
  • This list is randomly ordered. The Ebony Mathematician math NEWS.

    14. Secció D'Informàtica Teòrica :: Math Quotes
    math quotes. If Number rules the universe as Pythagoras asserted, Number is merely our delegate to the throne, for we rule Number.
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    • If "Number rules the universe" as Pythagoras asserted, Number is merely our delegate to the throne, for we rule Number. In H. Eves Mathematical Circles Revisited , Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1971. Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)
      I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly. In H. Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu , Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1977. Bell, Eric Temple (1883-1960)
      Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death. The Silence of the Sea Belloc, Hillaire (1870-1953)
      O Logic: born gatekeeper to the Temple of Science, victim of capricious destiny: doomed hitherto to be the drudge of pedants: come to the aid of thy master, Legislation. In J. Browning (ed.) Works . Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832)

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    math quotes Accentuate your passion for math by selecting a quote on the shopping cart! Below is a list of all the quotes. The quote
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    Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
    Sophia Kovalevskaya It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul. William James The union of the mathematician with the poet,
    fervor with measure, passion with correctness,
    this surely is the ideal. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Whoever despises the high wisdom of mathematics nourishes
    himself on delusion and will never still the sophistic
    sciences whose only product is an eternal uproar.

    16. Math Quotes
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    17. Math Quotes And Trivia
    math quotes and Trivia. Calculating replaces, while geometry stimulates, thinking Jakob Steiner (1796-1863). It is said that Steiner s
    Math Quotes and Trivia
    Calculating replaces, while geometry stimulates, thinking
    -Jakob Steiner (1796-1863) It is said that Steiner's antagonism towards algebraic methods was so intense that he once threatened to discontinue his contributions to Crelle's famous mathematical journal, unless Crelle stopped publishing articles by Pl:ucker,...
    -School Mathematics Geometry (Houghton Mifflin, 1966)

    18. My Quotes Collection
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson. More Love Quotes. On Math. Perhaps the greatest paradox of all is that there are paradoxes in mathematics. More math quotes. On Quotations.
    The following are a collection of quotations that I've amassed over the years. They were chosen carefully, so understand all of them, and you'll probably understand much of me. On Education Never let your education get in the way of your schooling.
    - Samuel Clemens When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
    - Samuel Clemens Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
    - Albert Einstein Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
    - B. F. Skinner Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
    - Oscar Wilde More Education Quotes On Genius Doing easily what others find is difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
    - Henri Frederic Amiel Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

    19. Math Quotes
    Useful and Brilliant math quotes to Lighten Your Life Math isn t just another fourletter word. Decimals have a point. Logic lives. /math_quotes.htm
    Useful and Brilliant Math Quotes to Lighten Your Life: Math isn't just another four-letter word.
    Decimals have a point.
    Logic lives.
    Natural numbers are better for your health.
    The SQR( -1 ) stirs the imagination.
    Zero is more than nothing.
    A circle by any other name is just as round.
    Analysis takes it to the limit.
    Trigonometry is a sine of the times.
    Geometry is just plane fun.
    Start counting and let me know when you get to infinity. Math teachers know all the angles. Sphere not. A miss is as good as 1.62 kilometers. Life without geometry would be pointless. Percentages are one in a hundred. Compasses travel in the best circles. Catch the sine wave. Now you secant, now you don't. A graph is worth a thousand sets of data (or words). 97.3625% of all statistics are made up. Member of MADD: Mathematicians Against Deranged Deriving

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