The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.

— John Glenn

## Seductive Math And Science quotations

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.

I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.

Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I believe that mathematical reality lies outside us, that our function is to discover or observe it, and that the theorems which we prove, and which we describe grandiloquently as our "creations," are simply the notes of our observations.

### Where there is matter, there is geometry.

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.

To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power, or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it.

In order to solve this differential equation you look at it until a solution occurs to you.

Symmetry, as wide or as narrow as you may define its meaning, is one idea by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty and perfection.

### The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations;

and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.

Mathematics compares the most diverse phenomena and discovers the secret analogies that unite them.

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it.

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

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

The President's call for more math and science students is not being heeded by his party's leaders in Congress. They are cutting over $10 billion from student aide while refusing to fully fund No Child Left Behind. Something doesn't add up.

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.

### The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.

The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization.

All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers.

In most sciences one generation tears down what another has built and what one has established another undoes. In mathematics alone each generations adds a new story to the old structure.

One of the endlessly alluring aspects of mathematics is that its thorniest paradoxes have a way of blooming into beautiful theories.

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched with the same madness and genius.

Mathematical Knowledge adds a manly Vigour to the Mind, frees it from Prejudice, Credulity, and Superstition.

### 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.

### Obvious is the most dangerous word in mathematics.

America faces many challenges...but the enemy I fear most is complacency. We are about to be hit by the full force of global competition. If we continue to ignore the obvious task at hand while others beat us at our own game, our children and grandchildren will pay the price. We must now establish a sense of urgency.

In order for America to remain a global leader in innovation and opportunity, we must give our children a solid foundation in math and science.

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

### The more you know, the less sure you are.

Mathematics is the tool specially suited for dealing with abstract concepts of any kind and there is no limit to its power in this field.

### Mathematics began to seem too much like puzzle solving.

Physics is puzzle solving, too, but of puzzles created by nature, not by the mind of man.

### Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.