# Quotes About Mathematics

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“It was all so very businesslike that one watched it fascinated. It was pork-making by machinery, pork-making by applied mathematics. And yet somehow the most matter-of-fact person could not help thinking of the hogs; they were so innocent, they came so very trustingly; and they were so very human in their protests - and so perfectly within their rights! They had done nothing to deserve it; and it was adding insult to injury, as the thing was done here, swinging them up in this cold-blooded, impersonal way, without pretence at apology, without the homage of a tear.”

— Upton Sinclair —

“There isn't an education system on the planet that teaches dance everyday to children the way we teach them mathematics. Why? Why not?”

— Ken Robinson

“Sciences are differentiated according to the various means through which knowledge is obtained. For the astronomer and the physicist both may prove the same conclusion: that the earth, for instance, is round: the astronomer by means of mathematics (i.e. abstracting from matter), but the physicist by means of matter itself. Hence there is no reason why those things which may be learned from philosophical science, so far as they can be known by natural reason, may not also be taught us by another science so far as they fall within revelation. Hence theology included in sacred doctrine differs in kind from that theology which is part of philosophy. SECOND ARTICLE [I, Q.”

— Thomas Aquinas

“Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.”

— Robert Quine

— Mehmet Murat Ildan

“My early education was in the public school system of Omaha, where, retrospectively, I realize that my high school training served me in good stead for the basic subjects of mathematics, English, foreign languages and history.”

— Lawrence R. Klein

“What mathematics are to matter and force, occult science is to life and consciousness,”

— Dion Fortune

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“In the stock market the more elaborate and abstruse the mathematics the more uncertain and speculative the conclusion we draw therefrom ... .”

— Michael Lewis

— Richard M. Nixon

— RenÃ© Descartes

— Howard Whitley Eves

— Raymond Louis Wilder

“Mathematics has given economics rigor, but alas, also mortis.”

— Robert Heilbroner

— Alexander Markovich Polyakov

“No one really knew the sciences except the Lord Robert, Bishop of Lincoln, by reason of his length of life and experience, as well as of his studiousness and zeal. He knew mathematics and perspective, and there was nothing which he was unable to know; and at the same time he was sufficiently acquainted with languages to be able to understand the saints and the philosophers and the wise men of antiquity but his knowledge of languages was not such as to enable him to effect translations until the latter portion of his life ...”

— Roger Bacon

“The word "mathematics" is a Greek word and, by origin, it means "something that has been learned or understood," or perhaps "acquired knowledge," or perhaps even, somewhat against grammar, "acquirable knowledge," that is, "learnable knowledge," that is, "knowledge acquirable by learning."”

— Salomon Bochner

“On the basis of my historical experience, I fully believe that mathematics of the 25th century will be as different from that of today as the latter is from that of the 16th century.”

— George Sarton

“Newton's health, and confusion to mathematics.”

— Benjamin Haydon

— Harold Jeffreys

— Stanislaw Ulam

“There are fields of scientific work ... which have been explored from the different sides of pure mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, and neurophysiology ... in which every single notion receives a separate and different name from each group, and in which important work has been triplicated or quadruplicated, while still other important work is delayed by the unavailability in one field of results that may have already become classical in the next field.”

— Norbert Wiener

“Mathematics is not a language, it's an adventure”

— Paul Lockhart

“Mathematics is nothing more, nothing less, than the exact part of our thinking.”

— L. E. J. Brouwer

— Alfred North Whitehead

— Alfred North Whitehead

“Wherefore it is impossible to succeed in comparing wealth of different eras or different nations. This, in political economy, like squaring the circle in mathematics, is impracticable, for want of a common mean or measure to go by.”

— Jean-Baptiste Say

— Benoit Mandelbrot

— Leonardo Da Vinci

— Leonardo Da Vinci

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