The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future.
The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can… (read more)
Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.
The longer mathematics lives the more abstract - and therefore, possibly also the more practical - it becomes.
Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
Fashion as King is sometimes a very stupid ruler.
Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative… (read more)
I have always hated machinery, and the only machine I ever understood was a wheelbarrow, and that but imperfectly.