Some favorite quotations
- "...geometry is the art of careful reasoning from badly drawn figures."
- "The soul of every mathematician is wrestled
for by the Devil of Abstract Algebra and the Angel of Topology."
- "It is a great nuisance that knowledge can only be acquired by hard work."
W. Somerset Maugham
- "Skill comes from the constant repetition of familiar feats rather than by
a few overbold attempts at feats for which the performer is yet poorly
- "Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth by hitting back."
Piet Hein, Grooks
- "I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of
- "Mathematicians think that notation simplifies the discussion. But to
others it is a barrier."
- "A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved."
(from a fortune cookie)
- "Mathematics is the use of abstraction and symbolism to represent and understand profound truths. It is not a collection of rules; it is an art as deeply creative as painting a portrait or composing a sonata."
me, circa 2002
last updated February 25, 2010