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## Blissful Mathematics quotations

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

The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.

No, it is a very interesting number, it is the smallest number expressible as a sum of two cubes in two different ways.

Mathematics reveals its secrets only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty.

### The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

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

It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.

### We are all concerned about the future of American education.

But as I tell my students, you do not enter the future - you create the future. The future is created through hard work.

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.

My basic idea is that programming is the most powerful medium of developing the sophisticated and rigorous thinking needed for mathematics, for grammar, for physics, for statistics, for all the "hard" subjects.... In short, I believe more than ever that programming should be a key part of the intellectual development of people growing up.

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

### The more I see of men, the better I like my dog.

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.

There is no place for [the Bantu] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour ... What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? That is quite absurd. Education must train people in accordance with their opportunities in life, according to the sphere in which they live.

Einstein's relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king... its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists.

Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.

### Geometry enlightlens the intellect and sets one's mind right

To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.

### Physics is to mathematics what sex is to masturbation.

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

### The total subject of mathematics is clearly too broad for any of us.

I do not think that any mathematician since Gauss has covered it uniformly and fully; even Hilbert did not and all of us are of considerably lesser width quite apart from the question of depth than Hilbert.

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.

Mathematics is a more powerful instrument of knowledge than any other that has been bequeathed to us by human agency.

The introduction of the cipher 0 or the group concept was general nonsense too, and mathematics was more or less stagnating for thousands of years because nobody was around to take such childish steps.

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.

When we talk mathematics, we may be discussing a secondary language built on the primary language of the nervous system.

Fractal geometry is not just a chapter of mathematics, but one that helps Everyman to see the same world differently.

No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be, one ought never to be satisfied that there was not something imperfect about it until it also gives the impression of being beautiful.

### Mathematics knows no races or geographic boundaries;

for mathematics, the cultural world is one country.

Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.

The calculus was the first achievement of modern mathematics and it is difficult to overestimate its importance. I think it defines more unequivocally than anything else the inception of modern mathematics; and the system of mathematical analysis, which is its logical development, still constitutes the greatest technical advance in exact thinking.

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

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.

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.