Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate.

โ€” Leonhard Euler

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For the sake of brevity, we will always represent this number 2.718281828459... by the letter e.

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Nothing takes place in the world whose meaning is not that of some maximum or minimum.

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For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise Creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear.

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Thus you see, most noble Sir, how this type of solution to the Kรถnigsberg bridge problem bears little relationship to mathematics, and I do not understand why you expect a mathematician to produce it, rather than anyone else, for the solution is based on reason alone, and its discovery does not depend on any mathematical principle.

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Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.

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After exponential quantities the circular functions, sine and cosine, should be considered because they arise when imaginary quantities are involved in the exponential.

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In the meantime, most noble Sir, you have assigned this question to the geometry of position, but I am ignorant as to what this new discipline involves, and as to which types of problem Leibniz and Wolff expected to see expressed in this way.

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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.

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Madam, I have come from a country where people are hanged if they talk.

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A function of a variable quantity is an analytic expression composed in any way whatsoever of the variable quantity and numbers or constant quantities.

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Logic is the foundation of the certainty of all the knowledge we acquire.

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Transcendental [numbers], They transcend the power of algebraic methods.

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About Leonhard Euler

Quotes 14 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Mathematician
Birthday October 16

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