*Some favorite quotations*

- "...geometry is the art of careful reasoning from badly drawn figures."

Henri Poincaré

- "The soul of every mathematician is wrestled
for by the Devil of Abstract Algebra and the Angel of Topology."

Hermann Weyl

- "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
prepared."

Wilbur Wright

- "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
it."

Thomas Edison

- "Mathematicians think that notation simplifies the discussion. But to
others it is a barrier."

(source unknown)

- "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

Bill Fenton