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    The mathematics is the odd one, odd because I'm not sure how to measure its effect. It is so fundamental to my outlook on everything and yet I'm not even sure how. It must be because in my formative years it was everything to me, the single place of beauty in my life, and of breathtaking beauty at that. I still believe that pure mathematics is the most creative thing that humanity does, though I am no longer a part of it.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    The mathematical tilt remains basic to my epistemological perspective, my howling plea in the still of night for epistemic humility. Mathematics gave me that as, also, did the difficulty I had in talking to my parents. How proofs are conceived is unfathomable. Clearly, there are certain conditions in which the revelation takes place.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    The problem is that modern fundamental physics is so far from you and me. The mathematics has become so much more complicated that you need at least 10 years to understand it. Fundamental physics has advanced so far from the understanding of most people that there is really a big disconnect.
    — Yuri Milner
    Solving a problem for which you know there's an answer is like climbing a mountain with a guide, along a trail someone else has laid. In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it's not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.
    — Yoko Ogawa
    There are two generic and invariable features that characterize utopias. One is the content: the authors of utopias paint what they consider to be ideal societies; translating this into the language of mathematics, we might say that utopias bear a + sign. The other feature, organically growing out of the content, is to be found in the form: a utopia is always static; it is always descriptive and has no, of almost no, plot dynamics.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    The natural man inevitably rebels against mathematics, a mild form of torture that could only be learned by painful processes of drill.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: men  process  mathematics 
     
    I confess, that very different from you, I do find sometimes scientific inspiration in mysticism ... but this is counterbalanced by an immediate sense for mathematics.
    — Wolfgang Pauli
    Mathematics is much less formally complete and precise than computer programs.
    — William Thurston
    I think mathematics is a vast territory. The outskirts of mathematics are the outskirts of mathematical civilization. There are certain subjects that people learn about and gather together. Then there is a sort of inevitable development in those fields. You get to the point where a certain theorem is bound to be proved, independent of any particular individual, because it is just in the path of development.
    — William Thurston
    As one reads mathematics, one needs to have an active mind, asking questions, forming mental connections between the current topic and other ideas from other contexts, so as to develop a sense of the structure, not just familiarity with a particular tour through the structure.
    — William Thurston
    Mathematics is an art of human understanding.
    — William Thurston
    The product of mathematics is clarity and understanding. Not theorems, by themselves. ... In short, mathematics only exists in a living community of mathematicians that spreads understanding and breathes life into ideas both old and new.
    — William Thurston
    The real satisfaction from mathematics is in learning from others and sharing with others.
    — William Thurston
    Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.
    — William Thurston
    It seems perfectly clear that Economy, if it is to be a science at all, must be a mathematical science. There exists much prejudice against attempts to introduce the methods and language of mathematics into any branch of the moral sciences. Most persons appear to hold that the physical sciences form the proper sphere of mathematical method, and that the moral sciences demand some other method-I know not what.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    There are a multitude of allied branches of knowledge connected with mans condition; the relation of these to political economy is analogous to the connexion of mechanics, astronomy, optics, sound, heat, and every other branch more or less of physical science, with pure mathematics.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    You will perceive that economy, scientifically speaking, is a very contracted science; it is in fact a sort of vague mathematics which calculates the causes and effects of man's industry, and shows how it may be best applied.
    — William Stanley Jevons
    tags: facts  mathematics  vague 
     
    And they're also very good at math, these super boogers, and so they teach Billy the ways of mathematics.
    — William Joyce
    tags: mathematics 
     
    When Galileo discovered he could use the tools of mathematics and mechanics to understand the motion of celestial bodies, he felt, in the words of one imminent researcher, that he had learned the language in which God recreated the universe. Today we are learning the language in which God created life. We are gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty, the wonder of God's most devine and sacred gift.
    — William J. Clinton
    Of Belief Human mathematics, so to speak, like the length of life, are subject to the doctrine of chances.
    — William Godwin
    The subtleties of mathematics defecate the grossness of our apprehension, and supply the elements of a sounder and severer logic.
    — William Godwin
    tags: logic  mathematics 
     
    Irrefragability, thy name is mathematics.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: mathematics 
     
    The totality of our so-called knowledge or beliefs, from the most casual matters of geography and history to the profoundest laws of atomic physics or even of pure mathematics and logic, is a man-made fabric which impinges on experience only along the edges. Or, to change the figure, total science is like a field of force whose boundary conditions are experience.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    The three main medieval points of view regarding universals are designated by historians as realism, conceptualism, and nominalism. Essentially these same three doctrines reappear in twentieth-century surveys of the philosophy of mathematics under the new names logicism, intuitionism, and formalism.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    We in science are spoiled by the success of mathematics. Mathematics is the study of problems so simple that they have good solutions
    — Whitfield Diffie
    The conception of objective reality ... has thus evaporated ... into the transparent clarity of mathematics that represents no longer the behavior of particles but rather our knowledge of this behavior.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    In science, technology, engineering and mathematics, men far outnumber women in the classroom and the boardroom.
    — Weili Dai
    It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action.
    — Weili Dai
    Our future rates of gain will fall far short of those achieved in the past. Berkshire's capital base is now simply too large to allow us to earn truly outsized returns. If you believe otherwise, you should consider a career in sales but avoid one in mathematics.
    — Warren Buffett
    I agree with Warren to keep it simple and not use higher mathematics in your analysis.
    — Walter Schloss
    tags: mathematics 
     
    Why does man freeze to death trying to reach the North Pole? Why does man drive himself to suffer the steam and heat of the Amazon? Why does he stagger his mind with the mathematics of the sky? Once the question mark has arisen in the human brain the answer must be found, if it takes a hundred years. A thousand years.
    — Walter Reisch
    I was fortunate to find an extraordinary mathematics and applied mathematics program in Toronto.
    — Walter Kohn
    tags: mathematics 
     
    Very few people realize the enormous bulk of contemporary mathematics. Probably it would be easier to learn all the languanges of the world than to master all mathematics at present known.
    — W. W. Sawyer
    In mathematics, if a pattern occurs, we can go on to ask, Why does it occur? What does it signify? And we can find answers to these questions. In fact, for every pattern that appears, a mathematician feels he ought to know why it appears.
    — W. W. Sawyer
    Throughout his life Newton must have devoted at least as much attention to chemistry and theology as to mathematics.
    — W. W. Rouse Ball
    The existence of mysterious relations between all these different domains is the most striking and delightful feature of mathematics (having no rational explanation).
    — Vladimir Arnold
    All mathematics is divided into three parts: cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like), hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines) and celestial mechanics (financed by military and other institutions dealing with missiles, such as NASA).
    — Vladimir Arnold
    Mathematics is a part of physics. Physics is an experimental science, a part of natural science. Mathematics is the part of physics where experiments are cheap.
    — Vladimir Arnold
    The broader the chess player you are, the easier it is to be competitive, and the same seems to be true of mathematics - if you can find links between different branches of mathematics, it can help you resolve problems. In both mathematics and chess, you study existing theory and use that to go forward.
    — Viswanathan Anand
    Things like the financial markets - a proper grounding in mathematics could help the common man. I believe that if people are more familiar with mathematical concepts... it can help deal with modern life, which is increasingly complex.
    — Viswanathan Anand
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