Quotes About Maths
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“If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.”
― John von Neumann
― John von Neumann
“If a book were written all in numbers, it would be true. It would be just. Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together. But underneath the words, at the center, like the center of the Square, it all came out even. Everything could change, yet nothing would be lost. If you saw the numbers you could see that, the balance, the pattern. You saw the foundations of the world. And they were solid.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
“Carnal embrace is sexual congress, which is the insertion of the male genital organ into the female genital organ for purposes of procreation and pleasure. Fermat’s last theorem, by contrast, asserts that when x, y and z are whole numbers each raised to power of n, the sum of the first two can never equal the third when n is greater than 2.”
― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
“Scientists and inventors of the USA (especially in the socalled "blue state" that voted overwhelmingly against Trump) have to think long and hard whether they want to continue research that will help their government remain the world's superpower. All the scientists who worked in and for Germany in the 1930s lived to regret that they directly helped a sociopath like Hitler harm millions of people. Let us not repeat the same mistakes over and over again.”
― Piero Scaruffi
― Piero Scaruffi
“On a plaque attached to the NASA deep space probe we [human beings] are described in symbols for the benefit of any aliens who might meet the spacecraft as “bilaterly symmetrical, sexually differentiated bipeds, located on one of the outer spiral arms of the Milky Way, capable of recognising the prime numbers and moved by one extraordinary quality that lasts longer than all our other urges—curiosity.”
― David G. Wells
― David G. Wells
“Seni sama pentingnya dengan matematika. Seni memanusiakan manusia. Seni menciptakan rasa empati”
― Wahyu Aditya, Sila ke6: Kreatif Sampai Mati
― Wahyu Aditya, Sila ke6: Kreatif Sampai Mati
“They say that maths is a language. So how do I order a pizza with extra cheese in maths?”
― Greg Curtis
― Greg Curtis
“Revenge may be exacted a hundred times over in one sleepless night. The impulse, the dreaming intention, is human, normal, and we should forgive ourselves. But the raised hand, the actual violent enactment, is cursed. The maths says so. There’ll be no reversion to the status quo ante, no balm, no sweet relief, or none that lasts. Only a second crime. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves, Confucius said. Revenge unstitches a civilisation. It’s a reversion to constant, visceral fear.”
― Ian McEwan, Nutshell
― Ian McEwan, Nutshell
“Life is a linear equation in which you can't cross multiply! If you think you can do it, you can do it. If you think you can't do it, you can't do it. It's a simple formula!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes
― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes
“Same as you, Arthur. I hitched a ride. After all, with a degree in maths and another in astrophysics it was either that or back to the dole queue on Monday. Sorry I missed the Wednesday lunch date, but I was in a black hole all morning.”
― Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts
― Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts
“Yes," I continued, "I discovered this model recently and her style never fails to be mathematically perfect. She seems to come by it naturally. As if she were born resonant. I notice Japanese models tend to do this. Like I said, they seem to have resonance somewhere deep in their culture. But Yuri Nakagawa, she's the best I've ever seen. The best model, with the most powerful resonance. I need her to probe deeper
into this profound mathematical instinct, which I call resonance.”
― Alexei Maxim Russell, Trueman Bradley: The Next Great Detective
into this profound mathematical instinct, which I call resonance.”
― Alexei Maxim Russell, Trueman Bradley: The Next Great Detective
“I call you my soulmate
because I lost myself in you
and then found myself through you.
Sure, when you are gone, I will be a fraction
but the common denominator has always been
me.”
― Kamand Kojouri
because I lost myself in you
and then found myself through you.
Sure, when you are gone, I will be a fraction
but the common denominator has always been
me.”
― Kamand Kojouri
“Numbers do not feel. Do not bleed or weep or hope. They do not know bravery or sacrifice. Love or allegiance. At the very apex of callousness you will find only ones and zeroes.”
― Amie Kaufman
― Amie Kaufman
“I can't multiply myself out of a paper bag. But when it comes to roots, I'm your man.”
― Jerry Newport
― Jerry Newport
“Mathematics is one of the major modern mysteries. Perhaps it is the leading one, occupying a place in our society similar to the religious mysteries of another age. If we want to know something about what our age is all about, we should have some understanding of what mathematics is, and of how the mathematician operates and thinks.”
― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
“People who don't like math always accuse mathematicians of trying to make math complicated. (...) But anyone who does love math knows it's really the opposite: math rewards simplicity, and mathematicians value it above all else. So it's no surprise that Walter's favourite axiom was also the most simple in the realm of mathematics: the axiom of the empty set.
The axiom of the empty set is the axiom of zero. it states that there must be a concept of nothingness, that there must be the concept of zero: zero value, zero items. Math assumes there's a concept of nothingness, but is it proven? No. But it must exist.
And if we're being philosophical—which we today are—we can say that life itself is the axiom of the empty set. It begins in zero and ends in zero. We know that both states exist, but we will not be conscious of either experience: they are states that are necessary parts of life, even as they cannot be experienced as life. We assume the concept of nothingness, but we cannot prove it. But it must exist. So I prefer to think that Walter has not died but has instead proven for himself the axiom of the empty set, that he has proven the concept of zero. I know nothing else would have made him happier. An elegant mind wants elegant endings, and Walter had the most elegant mind. So I wish him goodbye; I wish him the answer to the axiom he so loved.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
The axiom of the empty set is the axiom of zero. it states that there must be a concept of nothingness, that there must be the concept of zero: zero value, zero items. Math assumes there's a concept of nothingness, but is it proven? No. But it must exist.
And if we're being philosophical—which we today are—we can say that life itself is the axiom of the empty set. It begins in zero and ends in zero. We know that both states exist, but we will not be conscious of either experience: they are states that are necessary parts of life, even as they cannot be experienced as life. We assume the concept of nothingness, but we cannot prove it. But it must exist. So I prefer to think that Walter has not died but has instead proven for himself the axiom of the empty set, that he has proven the concept of zero. I know nothing else would have made him happier. An elegant mind wants elegant endings, and Walter had the most elegant mind. So I wish him goodbye; I wish him the answer to the axiom he so loved.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
“Il bello dell'infinito è che non finisce mai. Il brutto dell'infinito è che non finisce mai.”
― Maurizio Codogno, Matematica e infinito
― Maurizio Codogno, Matematica e infinito
“La realtà è maledettamente restìa a farsi imprigionare nelle formule della matematica.”
― Giorgio Israel
― Giorgio Israel
“Man had been given a brain that could think in numbers, and it could not be coincidence that the world was unlocked by that very tool. To understand any aspect of the cosmos was to look on the face of God: not directly, but by a species of triangulation, because to think mathematically was to feel the action of God in oneself.”
― Kate Grenville, The Lieutenant
― Kate Grenville, The Lieutenant
“By degrees, the bitterness at my heart diffused itself to the circumference of the circle in which my life went its cheerless mechanical round.”
― Edward BulwerLytton, A Strange Story
― Edward BulwerLytton, A Strange Story
“School taught me how to do language, maths and science; it failed to teach me the very basics of how to keep my home healthy.”
― Steven Magee
― Steven Magee
“In the life of mathematics two plus two makes four; but in the mathematics of life two and two can make five or even three sometimes”
― Munia Khan
― Munia Khan
“The distance between your Dreams and Reality is inversely proportional to your Efforts.”
― Vineet Raj Kapoor
― Vineet Raj Kapoor
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