Read books online
at our other site:
The Literature Page

Quotations by Subject
 As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
 Albert Einstein (1879  1955), "Geometry and Experience", January 27, 1921
 Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
 Albert Einstein (1879  1955)
 Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
 Bertrand Russell (1872  1970), Mysticism and Logic (1917) ch. 4
 Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty  a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
 Bertrand Russell (1872  1970)
 Mathematics is the queen of the sciences.
 Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777  1855), from Sartorius von Waltershausen, "Gauss zum Gedachtniss" [1856]
 I went off to college planning to major in math or philosophy of course, both those ideas are really the same idea.
 Frank Wilczek (1951  )
 In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
 Johann von Neumann (1903  1957)
 I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
 Plato (427 BC  347 BC), The Republic
 Proof is the idol before whom the pure mathematician tortures himself.
 Sir Arthur Eddington (1882  1944), The Nature of the Physical World
 The mathematics is not there till we put it there.
 Sir Arthur Eddington (1882  1944), The Philosophy of Physical Science
 We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.
 Sir Arthur Eddington (1882  1944), The Harvest of a Quiet Eye (A. L. Mackay), 1977
 If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.
 Vannevar Bush (1890  1974)

