Top 252 Mathematics Quotes

In this post, you will find great Mathematics Quotes from famous people, such as Robert C. Merton, Colin Camerer, Atif Aslam, Danica McKellar, Frank Capra. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

As an undergraduate at Columbia, I went to the engineer

As an undergraduate at Columbia, I went to the engineering school. I had a great deal of training in engineering and mathematics as well as subdiversified training. And then I went to the California Institute of Technology to do my Ph.D. in applied math.
Robert C. Merton
Game theory is a branch of, originally, applied mathematics, used mostly in economics and political science, a little bit in biology, that gives us a mathematical taxonomy of social life, and it predicts what people are likely to do and believe others will do in cases where everyone‘s actions affect everyone else.
Colin Camerer
You are thinking about the music, about the mathematics of it. It’s time-consuming and energy-consuming at the same time. That’s why I take my time off, my family time, as inspirational. I cool off.
Find your self-respect now. Don’t dumb yourselves down. Think of yourself as capable and worthy of finding a guy who is going to respect you, too. It’s so important, I mean, and the confidence you get from feeling smart and tackling something like mathematics, which is a challenge, right? Math is hard.
Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music.
Frank Capra
At the risk of being forgotten completely by the media, I went to college and pursued a passion that had nothing to do with acting: mathematics.
Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.
Stefan Banach
The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value.
My early education was in the public school system of Omaha, where, retrospectively, I realize that my high school training served me in good stead for the basic subjects of mathematics, English, foreign languages and history.
Lawrence R. Klein
I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.
Aerodynamics is mathematics for those who haven‘t learned to do calculus. In my case, too, for one who hasn’t learned to add or multiply, at least the first time.
Reading music is something that’s inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.
Robert Quine
I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future.
I don’t think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don’t give mathematics a real chance.
Maryam Mirzakhani
I engage in the use of game theory. Game theory is a branch of mathematics, and that means, sorry, that even in the study of politics, math has come into the picture. We can no longer pretend that we just speculate about politics; we need to look at this in a rigorous way.
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
You want to know how to rhyme, then learn how to add. It’s mathematics.
From a UX standpoint, the toughest battle is how to make a platform that’s really open so kids can use it but has sort of hooks and constraints so it’s actually driving towards revealing parts of the world through science or through mathematics.
Jake Barton
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
The correct statement of the laws of physics involves some very unfamiliar ideas which require advanced mathematics for their description. Therefore, one needs a considerable amount of preparatory training even to learn what the words mean.
I got my mathematics degree because I wanted to teach deaf children math.
Critics of ‘economic sciences’ sometimes refer to the development of a ‘pseudoscience’ of economics, arguing that it uses the trappings of science, like dense mathematics, but only for show.
From the ages of five to twelve, I attended the Saint Laurence O’Toole elementary school in Lawrence, a city next to Methuen, and was taught by sisters of the Catholic order of Notre Dame de Namour. I enjoyed all my subjects there. I do not remember ever learning any science, except for mathematics.
Elias James Corey
My interests started about in science and in mathematics; I always thought I was going to be a mathematician.
Studying physics, mathematics, and chemistry is worshipping God.
My Ph.D. is in operations research. I was interested in making things work better and using mathematics to help do that. So operations research is what I studied as an undergraduate and graduate student.
Alvin E. Roth
It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer.
James Newman
The mathematics is not there till we put it there.
Arthur Eddington
! want to leverage the creativity of researchers across mathematics, statistics, data mining, computer science, biology, medicine, and the public at large.
Tan Le
Mathematics is written for mathematicians.
It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.
Weili Dai
Soviet mathematics was particularly good in the second

Soviet mathematics was particularly good in the second half of the 20th century, basically because of the arms race, because the Soviet Union realizedWorld War II created the conditions for the Soviet Union to become a superpower.
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
E. T. Bell
I like to say jiu-jitsu is like mathematics. It has to be exact otherwise you don’t have it.
I was very bad at mathematics in school, and I always had the feeling as a kid that when I worked on problems, that I would be wrong.
In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics.
The broader the chess player you are, the easier it is to be competitive, and the same seems to be true of mathematics – if you can find links between different branches of mathematics, it can help you resolve problems. In both mathematics and chess, you study existing theory and use that to go forward.
The mathematics of quantum mechanics very accurately describes how our universe works.
Antony Garrett Lisi
We are servants rather than masters in mathematics.
Charles Hermite
When I was in Cambridge reading mathematics, I went to Amsterdam for the International Mathematics Congress. There I saw M.C. Escher’s fascinating work. That inspired me to try my hand at drawing such impossibilities.
I travelled round the world giving demonstrations of my talents. In every country, I performed for students, professors, teachers, bankers, accountants, and even laymen who knew very little, or nothing at all, about mathematics.
Shakuntala Devi
I read one or two other books which gave me a background in mathematics other than logic.
Stephen Cole Kleene
I won some genetic lottery. I always happened to be strangely good at mathematics in my head. I just popped out weird.
What is mathematics? It is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature.
Shakuntala Devi
In science, technology, engineering and mathematics, men far outnumber women in the classroom and the boardroom.
Weili Dai
I’ve always been interested in using mathematics to make the world work better.
Alvin E. Roth
I believe that schools of today with all their answers on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, above everything else, take us back to the industrial revolution in time, when people thought that nature could be conquered and consumption or production could be unlimited.
I chose to deal with the science of cryptography. Cryptography began in mathematics. Codes were developed, even from Caesar‘s time, based on number theory and mathematical principles. I decided to use those principles and designed a work that is encoded.
James Sanborn
If you listen to the great Beatle records, the earliest ones where the lyrics are incredibly simple. Why are they still beautiful? Well, they’re beautifully sung, beautifully played, and the mathematics in them is elegant. They retain their elegance.
In my family, as in most middle-class Indian families I knew when I was growing up, science and mathematics were held in awe.
At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics. On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book.
John Pople
A lot of music is mathematics. It’s balance.
Films are not mathematics – that’s the first thing you need to understand. At least, that’s how I feel. They are not words on paper. Films are made with people, with teams and with individual bundles of creativity coming together to fulfill the vision of an individual who is the director of the film.
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.
We should teach kids how to question. Now having said that, of course, to be a productive adult, there are certain skills that are required – reading, writing, and, in the old-fashioned days, we used to say arithmetic. Now we say mathematics.
To those who ask what the infinitely small quantity in mathematics is, we answer that it is actually zero. Hence there are not so many mysteries hidden in this concept as they are usually believed to be.
Leonhard Euler
A conventional truth can be important – it’s essential to learn elementary mathematics, for example – but it won’t give you an edge. It’s not a secret.
Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it’s supposed to talk about but is always spreading around.
I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences.
E. T. Bell
I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.
G. H. Hardy
Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.
No matter what engineering field you're in, you learn t

No matter what engineering field you’re in, you learn the same basic science and mathematics. And then maybe you learn a little bit about how to apply it.
My decision to leave applied mathematics for economics was in part tied to the widely-held popular belief in the 1960s that macroeconomics had made fundamental inroads into controlling business cycles and stopping dysfunctional unemployment and inflation.
Robert C. Merton
My main concern with the condition of mathematics in high school is that there’s a lot of fear involved! Math is not, generally speaking, presented in a fun way. The concepts, as I see them, are fun, and that’s the way I’d like to convey them myself.
The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics.
Information theory began as a bridge from mathematics to electrical engineering and from there to computing.
If a man‘s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.
I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist. I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
John Pople
I find all of my performances come down to mathematics in a sense – how do you approach the problem of this character? Sometimes I crack that problem, sometimes I don’t.
Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It’s extraordinary. There’s a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that’s wonderful.
Bob Hoskins
I am not a mathematician, but I was aware that for centuries, mathematics was considered the queen of the sciences because it claimed certainty. It was grounded on some fundamental certainties – axioms – that led to others.
When we talk about music, we talk about our reaction to it. One person might say that music is so poetic, while another says it’s all mathematics. Yet another might say it’s about sensuality, and so on. That’s all true. But music is not just one of these things. It’s everything all at once.
In this era of globalisation, I believe that the only way to push the Philippines forward is to focus our energy on improving English, mathematics, science, and technology.
Lucio Tan
The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern.
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
How many of you have broken no laws this month? That’s the kind of society I want to build. I want a guarantee – with physics and mathematics, not with laws – that we can give ourselves real privacy of personal communications.
John Gilmore
I started John W. Henry & Company because I enjoyed applying mathematics to markets, and it was a profound challenge that resonated within me.
The mathematics of rhythm are universal. They don’t belong to any particular culture.
The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
E. T. Bell
Mathematics is the music of reason.
James Joseph Sylvester
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a form of money that’s a stable field that the government can’t destroy and can’t distort. Because its creation is governed by the laws of mathematics. It can’t happen any faster or slower than a certain rate, and it all sort of self-adjusts.
The world is a multiplicity, a harvest-field, a battle-ground; and thence arises through human contact ways of numbering, or mathematics, ways of tillage, or agriculture, ways of fighting, or military tactics and strategy, and these are incorporated in individuals as habits of life.
I was fortunate to grow up in a middle-class home with two hardworking parents who enjoyed both reading and mathematics.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III
I came from a very small high school in which there was no guidance and not any appreciable amount of physics taught, nor much mathematics. So I didn’t know what academia was all about until I got to college.
Being exposed to theory, stimulated by a basic love of concepts and mathematics, was a marvelous experience.
Rudolph A. Marcus
I hated science in high school. Technology? Engineering? Math? Why would I ever need this? Little did I realize that music was also about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, all rolled into one.
Mickey Hart
The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
James J. Gibson
At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin.
Rita Levi-Montalcini
Some mathematics problems look simple, and you try them for a year or so, and then you try them for a hundred years, and it turns out that they’re extremely hard to solve. There’s no reason why these problems shouldn’t be easy, and yet they turn out to be extremely intricate.
I’m a mathematician and always have been, as far as I can remember. I don’t remember when I first got involved with mathematics, but I think of myself always as a mathematician first.
Lloyd Shapley
In my own research when I’m working with equations, I never feel like I really understand what I’m doing if I’m solely relying on the mathematics for my understanding. I need to have a visual picture in my mind. I’m constantly translating from the math to some intuitive mind’s-eye picture.
Philip Kitcher thinks that mathematics is surprisingly like empirical science. Few mathematicians would agree; philosophers too, from Socrates on, have held the opposite opinion.
We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop

We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.
Katherine Johnson
Not a lot of people know this, but I’m very good at mathematics. When I was an angry teenager, I used to sit in my room and do quadratic equations to calm myself down.
We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics. Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that they have good solutions.
God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.
Andre Weil
The ability to perform basic math calculations is certainly an integral part of playing fundamental poker. But in tournament poker, it’s equally important to understand that survival often trumps mathematics in coin flip situations.
Growing up in Highland Park, in high school, I had some very influential teachers: I had a math teacher who taught calculus that helped me learn to be in love with mathematics; I had a chemistry teacher who inspired us to work what was in the class and to go beyond.
I think I realized very early on that you can spend a lot of time constructing a really perfect scene in final draft and just end up throwing it away because you didn’t figure out that mathematics of the story first.
I’m obviously attuned to pick up mathematics whenever I can see it. But in Mozart there is a lot of conscious use of mathematical symbolism and numbers in order to try and give messages.
Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.
G. H. Hardy
I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe – because, like Spinoza’s God, it won’t love us in return.
All mathematics is is a language that is well tuned, finely honed, to describe patterns; be it patterns in a star, which has five points that are regularly arranged, be it patterns in numbers like 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 that follow very regular progression.
Mathematics cannot handle physical quantities like density that literally go to infinity.
To solve math problems, you need to know the basic mathematics before you can start applying it.
Catherine Asaro
In mathematics we have long since drawn the rein, and given over a hopeless race.
I think math is a hugely creative field, because there are some very well-defined operations that you have to work within. You are, in a sense, straightjacketed by the rules of the mathematics. But within that constrained environment, it’s up to you what you do with the symbols.
You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality.
Hermann Weyl
I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy, and one of my specializations was the logic and mathematics of game theory. I’ve also got a degree in drama, so I know about stories, characterizations, plot arcs, and the like. Lots of game designers can do one or the other: I’ve got the skills for both.
I can see that, without being excited, mathematics can look pointless and cold.
Maryam Mirzakhani
This is a global fight to get the right people in the right place and we’re talking about people with PhDs in engineering, computer science, mathematics.
Jerry Moran
There’s actually an awful lot of mathematics that goes into designing a railway, keeping it running, making sure everything runs optimally. Every time you need something to be optimal there’s going to be some mathematics at play.
I never thought I could be an actor, as I was always a studious geek and was always interested in mathematics.
I am severely dyslexic, so I’m not the person who can do a lot of typing, writing and mathematics. I don’t excel in anything except in things that had to do with creativity and things with my hands. I like to build things and take things apart.
Raha Moharrak
I went to a liberal arts college, and as part of my background, I was majoring in mathematics and physics.
From the age of 13, I was attracted to physics and mathematics. My interest in these subjects derived mostly from popular science books that I read avidly.
I think one nice thing about mathematics is that we don’t really have one prize that dominates all the others, like the Nobel prizes.
If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
Vannevar Bush
I have been lucky to find very good collaborators who have taught me a lot, have introduced me to several new fields of mathematics, or have shown me new insights.
I appreciate and enjoy mathematics and science and all that side of things. I definitely have that side of me even though I’m not by any means an expert, but I love reading about physics and math and that kind of stuff. I wish I knew more than I did. I mean, I read books written for laymen, not textbooks or anything.
Chris Parnell
Fractions, decimals, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, mechanics – these are the steps up the mountain side. How high is one going to get? For me, the pinnacle was Projective Geometry. Who today has even heard of this branch of mathematics?
Formal logic is mathematics, and there are philosophers like Wittgenstein that are very mathematical, but what they’re really doing is mathematics – it’s not talking about things that have affected computer science; it’s mathematical logic.
The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.
David Hilbert
Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; fo

Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries; for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.
David Hilbert
The exact sciences, which would be considered a priori as little adapted to women, for example mathematics, astronomy and physics, are exactly those in which thus far they have most distinguished themselves. This contains a warning against too precipitate conclusions about the intellectual life of woman.
One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics.
I had a liberal arts education at Amherst College where I had two majors, mathematics and philosophy.
Stephen Cole Kleene
By the time 1967 had rolled around, general relativity had been relegated to mathematics departments… in most people’s minds, it bore no relation to physics. And that was mostly because experiments to prove it were so hard to do – all these effects that Einstein‘s theory had predicted were infinitesimally small.
I’m sure that some of them will be very hard and I’ll have a sense of achievement again, but nothing will mean the same to me – there’s no other problem in mathematics that could hold me the way that this one did.
There’s something mathematically satisfying about music: notes fit together and harmony and all that. And mathematics has to do with abstractions and making connections.
Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years.
I started attending community college when I was 14 or 15, just doing general education stuff like history and mathematics. Then I went on to California State University Long Beach to pursue a degree in journalism. And then I ended up dropping out to found Oculus.
We’ve lost something that’s been with us for so long, and something that drew a lot of us into mathematics. But perhaps that’s always the way with math problems, and we just have to find new ones to capture our attention.
The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern.
It is not of the essence of mathematics to be conversant with the ideas of number and quantity.
George Boole
Many people suggest using mathematics to talk to the aliens, and Dutch computer scientist Alexander Ollongren has developed an entire language (Lincos) based on this idea. But my personal opinion is that mathematics may be a hard way to describe ideas like love or democracy.
At school, I wasn’t as interested in mathematics. I did OK, but at the earliest point I could stop doing math, I stopped.
It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
The power of mathematics is often to change one thing into another, to change geometry into language.
There should be no such thing as boring mathematics.
Apart from two periods of intense study, of music between the ages of 12 and 14 and of mathematics between the ages of 14 and 16, I coasted, daydreaming, through most of my school years.
James Black
I think you can get better in mathematics on a school level, but when you’re talking about being a mathematician, I think that’s definitely a gift of genes or whatever, you know? Whatever your pool is.
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
Izaak Walton
Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians.
In my schooling through high school, I excelled mainly in chemistry, physics and mathematics.
James Rainwater
When I was a college student at Yale, I was studying physics and mathematics and was absolutely intent on becoming a theoretical physicist.
James Rothman
Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
The longer mathematics lives the more abstract – and therefore, possibly also the more practical – it becomes.
E. T. Bell
In mathematics and science, there is no difference in the intelligence of men and women. The difference in genes between men and women is simply the Y chromosome, which has nothing to do with intelligence.
Christiane Nusslein-Volhard
What affected me most profoundly was the realization that the sciences of cryptography and mathematics are very elegant, pure sciences. I found that the ends for which these pure sciences are used are less elegant.
James Sanborn
A good part of ‘The Information’ is about the transition from an oral to a literary culture. Books effected such a great transformation in the way we think about the world, our history, our logic, mathematics, you name it. I think we would be greatly diminished as a people and as a culture if the book became obsolete.
You know, I’m not terribly fast at my times tables, because that’s not what I think mathematics is about.
When my son Nandan was in middle school, I had a fun way of doing his maths homework. I bought another set of mathematics books and both of us would sit side by side and start solving problems.
I still remember asking my high school guidance teacher

I still remember asking my high school guidance teacher for permission to take a second year of algebra instead of a fifth year of Latin. She looked down her nose at me and sneered, ‘What lady would take mathematics instead of Latin?’
I was fortunate to find an extraordinary mathematics and applied mathematics program in Toronto.
Walter Kohn
I changed the course of my life, from the rigidity of mathematics and the corporate rhythm to a more bohemian world.
Studying music involves a lot of mathematics and a lot of exercises of memory. Or you’ve got to be able to be like somebody, to play like somebody, to play Mozart’s music the way he played it and how he intended it. You’ve got to make it perfect, and that’s not what I want to do. Although it is beautiful.
My interest in the sciences started with mathematics in the very beginning, and later with chemistry in early high school and the proverbial home chemistry set.
Rudolph A. Marcus
I recognize that I have a unique position to be a role model to young girls because I am doing something that they consider glamorous, which is acting, and yet I took a time to really get my education and study mathematics, and I think math is the cat‘s meow.
When we were making the law, when we were writing the literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves.
Things like the financial markets – a proper grounding in mathematics could help the common man. I believe that if people are more familiar with mathematical concepts… it can help deal with modern life, which is increasingly complex.
An exquisitely complex shape now known as the Mandlebrot set has been called the most complex object in mathematics.
The most painful thing about mathematics is how far away you are from being able to use it after you have learned it.
James Newman
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
I have passed English medical examinations in Hong Kong… In my youth, I experienced overseas studies. The languages of the West, its literature, its political science, its customs, its mathematics, its geography, its physics and chemistry – all these I have had the chance to study.
I abandoned chemistry to concentrate on mathematics and physics. In 1942, I travelled to Cambridge to take the scholarship examination at Trinity College, received an award and entered the university in October 1943.
John Pople
The infinite in mathematics is alway unruly unless it is properly treated.
James Newman
When I finished high school, it was clear to me that I would study mathematics, even if I also considered economics and psychology.
Reinhard Selten
If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper.
E. T. Bell
I still don’t like authority exercised without reason. But they laugh at you at Cambridge if you say that sort of thing. For them, the law is a system of rules not that different from mathematics.
John Lloyd
Across a range of inferences involving not just language but mathematics, logic problems, and spatial reasoning, sleep has been shown to enhance the formation and understanding of abstract relations, so much so that people often wake having solved a problem that was unsolvable the night before.
We have such a great depth of human history in all of the arts, whether it’s opera or mathematics or painting or classical music or jazz. There’s so many things to study, new books to read, and certainly always ways to transform old ideas and to come up with new ones.
Both my parents instilled an interest in science and mathematics.
George Smoot
Well it was not exactly a dissertation in logic, at least not the kind of logic you would find in Whitehead and Russell‘s Principia Mathematica for instance. It looked more like mathematics; no formalized language was used.
Alonzo Church
Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth.
Marston Morse
My elementary education was at Christ Church infant school and St. Stephen’s junior school. At St. Stephen’s, I encountered my first real mentor, the headmaster Mr. Broakes. He must have spotted something unusual in me, for he spent lots of time encouraging my interest in mathematics.
In mathematics and science we solve our problems as well as create them. But in art and philosophy things are not so simple.
Negative gender stereotypes related to girls’ education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics begin as early as primary school and have the devastating effect of making them doubt their own potential.
Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry.
The State of Israel must be at the forefront of global science – in physics, in mathematics, in medicine, in biology.
I still remember the realization in college at Flinders University in Australia that mathematics was not just an abstract game of symbols but could be used as a tool to analyze and understand the modern world.
The most important single thing about string theory is that it’s a highly mathematical theory, and the mathematics holds together in a very tight and consistent way. It contains in its basic structure both quantum mechanics and the theory of gravity. That’s big news.
People seem to be afraid of science, and certainly, people seem to be afraid of mathematics. And I think that’s such a shame, because I don’t think it’s as hard as people seem to think it is.
For scholars and laymen alike it is not philosophy but active experience in mathematics itself that can alone answer the question: What is mathematics?
Richard Courant
Politics is not an exact science. That's why in school

Politics is not an exact science. That’s why in school I loved mathematics. Everything in mathematics was clear to me.
Music at times is more like perfume than mathematics.
Gabriel Marcel
In terms of mathematics textbooks, why can’t you have the scale of a national market? Right now, we have a Texas textbook that’s different from a California textbook that’s different from a Massachusetts textbook. That’s very expensive.
The problem is that modern fundamental physics is so far from you and me. The mathematics has become so much more complicated that you need at least 10 years to understand it. Fundamental physics has advanced so far from the understanding of most people that there is really a big disconnect.
I received my high school baccalaureate diploma in Latin and Science in 1928, then my two baccalaureate diplomas in Mathematics and Philosophy in 1929.
Maurice Allais
The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the laws of the intelligible world; the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the laws of human intelligence.
James Joseph Sylvester
School work and intellectual interests such as music and the arts were not especially important to me while I was growing up, although mathematics, my favorite subject, was fun. Baseball was my first passion: I played sand lot and Little League and rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Robert C. Merton
I have been running maths clubs for children completely free. In my building in Bangalore, I conduct maths clubs for several months, and every child who attended the club was poor in mathematics and is now showing brilliant results.
Shakuntala Devi
Mathematics is like music. Neither needs to be useful. It is enough that each gives delight to those who seek delight from it.
Mathematics is a place where you can do things which you can’t do in the real world.
For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
Roger Bacon
How is an error possible in mathematics?
Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.
Shakuntala Devi
Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.
There are areas of philosophy that are important, but I think of them as being subsumed by other fields. In the case of descriptive philosophy, you have literature or logic, which, in my view, is really mathematics.
If everybody who was in the Forbes 400 said they were going to create 10,000 jobs, by my mathematics, that would be 4 million jobs.
William E. Conway, Jr.
I sort of was good at writing essays. I was never very good at mathematics, and I was never very good at algebra. I loved science, but I wasn’t sure of it.
I’ve always enjoyed mathematics. It is the most precise and concise way of expressing any idea.
My first contact with game theory was a popular article in ‘Fortune Magazine‘ which I read in my last high school year. I was immediately attracted to the subject matter, and when I studied mathematics, I found the fundamental book by von Neumann and Morgenstern in the library and studied it.
Reinhard Selten
Life has obliged him to remember so much useful knowledge that he has lost not only his history, but his whole original cargo of useless knowledge; history, languages, literatures, the higher mathematics, or what you will – are all gone.
I was graduated in 1940 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Science but a major in Mathematics, a paradoxical combination that was prognostic of my future interests.
Kenneth Arrow
Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.
Sofia Kovalevskaya
The definition of a good mathematical problem is the mathematics it generates rather than the problem itself.
There is a close analogy between organic chemistry in its relation to biochemistry and pure mathematics in its relation to physics.
Robert Robinson
I preferred to use mathematics in some practical fashion and thought that meteorology sounded promising.
Clive Granger
My parents owned a pharmacy in Budapest, which gave us a comfortable living. As I was their only child, they wanted me to become a pharmacist. But my own preference would have been to study philosophy and mathematics.
John Harsanyi
It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
I can do lightning mathematics quicker than somebody can do them on a calculator.
I was reasonably interested in mathematics in school. Typically what happens is… when you start playing chess, it takes up a lot of your attention. But about 10 years ago, I found that the Internet is very good to start learning about a lot of subjects.
A nation may be born in a day, but the great truths which make for the glory and uplift of the race only through long ages permeate and control humanity. We must have the divine patience and understand the divine mathematics of a thousand years as one day.
David Josiah Brewer
The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.
In the Pythagorean system, thinking about numbers, or d

In the Pythagorean system, thinking about numbers, or doing mathematics, was an inherently masculine task. Mathematics was associated with the gods, and with transcendence from the material world; women, by their nature, were supposedly rooted in this latter, baser realm.
Margaret Wertheim
Many of our young people spend four years getting very expensive college degrees. But our universities fail them and the nation if they continue to graduate students with expertise in biochemistry, mathematics or history without teaching them to think about what problems are important and why.
Heather Wilson
Over the centuries, monumental upheavals in science have emerged time and again from following the leads set out by mathematics.
I was a mathematician by nature, and still am – I just knew I didn’t want to be a mathematician. So I decided not to take any mathematics courses.
We must always emphasize research and development of science and mathematics, and I can think of no better way to achieve this than through our future in space.
Imagine life without any algorithms at all, you wouldn’t be able to do anything. This is already completely encompassing. We have a habit of over-trusting what mathematics or computer scientists tell us to do, without questioning it, too much faith in the magical power of analysis.
An early fascination with higher mathematics at the university level blossomed into speculative thinking that could provide a basis for dealing with economic issues.
Lawrence R. Klein
I was on the mathematics faculty at M.I.T. from 1951 through until I resigned in the spring of 1959.
If you’re concentrating so damn hard on a piece of mathematics or a musical – a piece of music or a piece of art, the restraint that holds the rest of – the rest of the world back off and vanishes in the rest of your life.
I didn’t know what kinds of questions to ask in mathematics. In physics, I could see there were things that were known and things that weren’t.
Margaret Geller
Shiv Nadar University was established in 2011, and our first batch graduated in 2015. The first batch mostly had engineering courses and a B.Sc. programme in Mathematics.
For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
Roger Bacon
Growing up, I was the odd bird. My interest in mathematics, my interest in the world, how I approach things from a scientific standpoint. You’re always going to be looked at as a different bird.
What makes this story so remarkable is that throughout my early childhood I had ongoing learning difficulties, particularly in mathematics. I struggled to learn the multiplication table, and no matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn’t remember 6 times 7 or 7 times 8.
Andrew Lo
We all know that players will hit a few more home runs than usual in some years and a few less in others. But the mathematics of chance also predicts that some years they’ll hit a lot more, and some years a lot less.
I started off thinking that maybe the social sciences ought to have the kinds of mathematics that the natural sciences had. That works a little bit in economics because they talk about costs, prices and quantities of goods.
As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest.
My belief is that nothing that can be expressed by mathematics cannot be expressed by careful use of literary words.
I wonder if economics has less basic core material than is necessary for fields such as mathematics, physics, or chemistry, say.
Clive Granger
Music is an intrinsic part of life; therefore, it is important to transport different forms of artistic expression, science, and mathematics into compositions.
Mathematics was hard, dull work. Geography pleased me more. For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
The essence of mathematics lies in its freedom.
Georg Cantor
Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.
G. H. Hardy
I would not dare to say that there is a direct relation between mathematics and madness, but there is no doubt that great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium, and symptoms of schizophrenia.
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
Calculating does not equal mathematics. It’s a subsection of it. In years gone by it was the limiting factor, but computers now allow you to make the whole of mathematics more intellectual.
Conrad Wolfram
I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.
Every child should try everything: sport, music, art, mathematics; they can do it all. Copying and competition are now seen as twin evils, but they are both useful tools.
I was very good at history, often scoring 99 out of 100, whereas in mathematics, I usually scored zero.
My father’s family hails from Banaras. My grandfather taught mathematics at Banaras Hindu University. Banaras is also dedicated to Lord Shiva, home to one of the great jyotirlings, the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
When I was in architecture school, I became curious abo

When I was in architecture school, I became curious about the exact mathematics, physics, and construction of the great structures I had been studying. I wanted to know how these amazing things would work: the Pantheon, the dome of Michelangelo, the dome of Brunelleschi. So I decided to study civil engineering.
I didn’t pass the scholarship exam for Oxford because of poor mathematics.
But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
Marston Morse
Often people expect I have some touching personal story about kidney disease, but it’s actually the mathematics that led me to it.
Alvin E. Roth