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Quotes of the Day for 9 April 2004 – Mathematics

Alright, this really is it. After Chemistry, Physics, and Biology over the last three days, Mathematics was inevitable, as it is so important to all of them. That does not, however, suggest that we are moving on to astrolithography (the study of meteorites) or entomology (the study of insects).

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The quotes:

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust upon him should try to get along without it for a week.
     - Eric Temple Bell, 1883 - 1960

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
     - Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642

Belief is no substitute for arithmetic.
     - Henry Spencer

To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.
     - Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law

Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.
     - Fran Lebowitz


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