# James Joseph Sylvester Quotes

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“A mathematical idea should not be petrified in a formalised axiomatic setting, but should be considered instead as flowing as a river.”

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“Mathematics is the music of reason.”

— James Joseph Sylvester

May not music be described as the mathematics of the sense, mathematics as music of the reason? The musician feels mathematics, the mathematician thinks music: music the dream, mathematics the working life.

— James Joseph Sylvester

The object of pure physics is the unfolding of the laws of the intelligible world; the object of pure mathematics that of unfolding the laws of human intelligence.

— James Joseph Sylvester

“The early study of Euclid made me a hater of geometry.”

— James Joseph Sylvester

— James Joseph Sylvester

Surely with as good reason as had Archimedes to have the cylinder, cone and sphere engraved on his tombstone might our distinguished countrymen leave testamentary directions for the cubic eikosiheptagram to be engraved on theirs. Spirit of the Universe! wither are we drifting, and when, where, and how is all this to end?

— James Joseph Sylvester

The mathematician lives long and lives young; the wings of his soul do not early drop off, nor do its pores become clogged with the earthy particles blown from the dusty highways of vulgar life.

— James Joseph Sylvester

As the prerogative of Natural Science is to cultivate a taste for observation, so that of Mathematics is, almost from the starting point, to stimulate the faculty of invention.

— James Joseph Sylvester

Number, place, and combination ... the three intersecting but distinct spheres of thought to which all mathematical ideas admit of being referred.

— James Joseph Sylvester

So long as a man remains a gregarious and sociable being, he cannot cut himself off from the gratification of the instinct of imparting what he is learning, of propagating through others the ideas and impressions seething in his own brain, without stunting and atrophying his moral nature and drying up the surest sources of his future intellectual replenishment.

— James Joseph Sylvester

It seems to be expected of every pilgrim up the slopes of the mathematical Parnassus, that he will at some point or other of his journey sit down and invent a definite integral or two towards the increase of the common stock.

— James Joseph Sylvester

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