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Gian-Carlo Rota Quotes

The pendulum of mathematics swings back and forth towards abstraction and away from it with a timing that remains to be estimated.
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Richard Feynman was fond of giving the following advice on how to be a genius. You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say, 'How did he do it? He must be a genius!

— Gian-Carlo Rota

God created infinity, and man, unable to understand infinity, had to invent finite sets.

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A technique is a trick that works.

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The lack of real contact between mathematics and biology is either a tragedy, a scandal or a challenge, it is hard to decide which.

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Theorems are not to mathematics what successful courses are to a meal.

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If we have no idea why a statement is true, we can still prove it by induction.

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