The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics.

— Johannes Kepler

## Jittery Great Math quotations

### The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.

Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.

In [great mathematics] there is a very high degree of unexpectedness, combined with inevitability and economy.

### If there is a God, he's a great mathematician.

If I feel unhappy, I do mathematics to become happy. If I am happy, I do mathematics to keep happy.

It was just like a digital fixation with cards and math and science and then I started to look at images of great magicians from Houdini down the line.

Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.

### I don't think they understand it's as important as math and science.

It rounds you out as a person. I think it gives you a love of certain things. You don't have to become the next great composer. It's just nice to have heard certain things or to have seen certain things. It's part of being a human being.

The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it.

I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is.

I have a pretty good math mind, so I can see patterns, but I don't have a great ear. It's like a tragedy - I can see so much more natural musical ability in so many other people.

The calculus is the greatest aid we have to the application of physical truth in the broadest sense of the word.

### The great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

I tell students that even if they don't like math right now, they can use math as a brain-sharpening tool - a tool that not only builds the foundation for a great career, but that also builds self-confidence, no matter what they choose to do with their lives.

### Nature's great book is written in mathematics.

The art of discovering the causes of phenomena, or true hypotheses, is like the art of deciphering, in which an ingenious conjecture often greatly shortens the road.

### I take great solace that Einstein failed math.

I failed math. I also failed English and home economics. Einstein was an underachiever.

The notion of infinity is our greatest friend; it is also the greatest enemy of our peace of mind.

### There are two ways to do great mathematics.

The first is to be smarter than everybody else. The second way is to be stupider than everybody else - but persistent.

I love mathematics...principally because it is beautiful; because man has breathed his spirit of play into it, and because it has given him his greatest game the encompassing of the infinite.

### I think that great programming is not all that dissimilar to great art.

Once you start thinking in concepts of programming it makes you a better person...as does learning a foreign language, as does learning math, as does learning how to read.

I know too well that these arguments from probabilities are imposters, and unless great caution is observed in the use of them, they are apt to be deceptive.

A GREAT discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in any problem.

### We need more math classes, we need more science.

It's the art of math and the art of science that creates all the innovation, and we have a tradition of great arts, great music.

... that, in a few years, all great physical constants will have been approximately estimated, and that the only occupation which will be left to men of science will be to carry these measurements to another place of decimals.

### We often hear that mathematics consists mainly of "proving theorems.

" Is a writer's job mainly that of "writing sentences?"

What's great is that because math is such a universal language, really, our fans come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and genders and races and backgrounds and cultures.

My message is: You don't have to give up being popular, fun, or fashionable in order to be smart; they can go hand and hand. Doing math is a great way to exercise your brain; being smart is going to make you more powerful in life.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s devoted Beckett readers greeted each successively shorter volume from the master with a mixture of awe and apprehensiveness; it was like watching a great mathematician wielding an infinitesimal calculus, his equations approaching nearer and still nearer to the null point.

Religion is so great a thing that it is right that those who will not take the trouble to seek it if it be obscure, should be deprived of it.

The great trick of regarding small departures from the truth as the truth itself - on which is founded the entire integral calculus - is also the basis of our witty speculations, where the whole thing would often collapse if we considered the departures with philosophical rigour.

### In high school, we studied a lot of poetical forms.

I was really interested in the math that was involved and the strange live break ups. That gave me a great amount of respect for a rhymed stanza.

In mathematical analysis we call x the undetermined part of line a: the rest we don't call y, as we do in common life, but a-x. Hence mathematical language has great advantages over the common language.

Perhaps the greatest paradox of all is that there are paradoxes in mathematics.